[Oberon] Re. OLPC - One Laptop Per Child
Douglas G. Danforth
Danforth at GreenwoodFarm.com
Thu Dec 14 00:02:00 MET 2006
John Drake wrote:
> --- Bob Walkden <bob at web-options.com> wrote:
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>>> Aubrey.McIntosh at Alumni.UTexas.Net
>>> Sent: 13 December 2006 15:06
>>> To: ETH Oberon and related systems
>>> Subject: Re: [Oberon] Re. OLPC - One Laptop Per
>>> On 12/13/06, easlab at absamail.co.za
>> <easlab at absamail.co.za> wrote:
>>>> OLPC_Human_Interface_Guidelines sounds good and
>> I think some of
>>>> its ideas will go into other products. But the
>>> idea of villagers
>>>> who are 100 km from mains electricity having
>> computer access seems
>>>> likely to fail.
>>> Do those same villagers have cell phones?
>> Many of them don't even have easy access to clean
>> water and basic
>> healthcare, and their children don't have classrooms
>> or pencils or
>> paper. Quite what they're expected to do with a PC
>> is beyond me.
> And yet many do have access to cell phones,
> electricity, computers ect. Check out this
> There people in 3rd world countries (many of them
> African) sign up for micro loans. These loans
> have a 99% repayment rate. And yes, they
> sign up themselves over the internet. Suprised?
> Internet access is not that uncommon in poor
> countries, although most use cybercafes. (And
> yes, some abuse this which is why we get so much
> Nigerian "Help me recover the former dictators
> billions" spam.)
> As for pencils and paper, this could actually
> help alievate that. Countries have to spend
> money buying new pencils and paper every year.
> And textbooks go out of date.
> The main issue would be would they get enough
> from the technology to justify the initial
> expense? I think the average American child
> with a laptop does more with MySpace than
> anything else. But the inclusion of
> Squeakland is promising as it encourages
> end user programming. As Papert once said
> "We should teach kids to use computers rather
> than teaching computers to use kids".
> As for the clean water deal, there's an
> easy way to make a water filter using nothing
> more than clay, coffee grounds and some
> cow dung. Perhaps someday some child in
> a poor country may run across this information
> on a laptop. ;)
> John M. Drake
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