[Oberon] Re. OLPC - One Laptop Per Child
bob at web-options.com
Thu Dec 14 00:36:52 MET 2006
yes - an interesting discussion.
> Internet. The guy who can't think of what people in an African
> village would do with a laptop seems to lack imagination:
Well, an internet connection in every village is a very different
proposition from one laptop per child, which is what baffles me.
I have also spent quite a lot of time travelling in different parts of
Africa, mainly Ethiopia, and several other developing countries. I've
even used some of those internet cafes, and I believe I have perhaps a
more realistic view than most Westerners about people's living
conditions there. Your brother's closing point is certainly the most
accurate in my opinion:
> have cell phones. But for about 9/10th of people in rural
> villages in Africa, however, the priorities are still food,
> medicine, shelter. If Americans want to give Africans laptops,
> they should also help to provide education and income-earning
> opportunities (health care, etc.) so that people know how to
> use the laptops and don't have to sell them for a bag of
Otherwise it all sounds rather like 'let them eat cake'.
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