The $100 laptop

This project has been talked about a lot. Interesting presentation was from Michail Bletasas, a MIT engineer working on the project. Besides the technical challenges, there are the social issues. The idea is to put a simple laptop into the hands of children in many developing countries. The capabilities of children is important to the idea. Children explore and learn without manuals; they learn from each other; the point is not just to receive information but to develop a core of kids that are part of the future of the cultures involved. Key is a using a wireless mesh networking system so the users are not dependent entirely on massive server systems. They expect software to be open source. There are soures of information out there for cultures if the the channels to get them to people can be developed.

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