Tuesday 15 September 2009

Has OLPC failed?

One Laptop Per Child - The Dream is Over says this blog post from the UN. "It’s time to call a spade a spade. OLPC was a failure." Several very interesting comments on the post disagree, though.

One of the claims in the post is: "They abandoned the human-powered power source.". A comment from Peru explains:
We don't want our undernourished children to spend their scarce calories generating power for a computer. A well fed human being can generate 20 watt, forget about children extenuating their breakfast less bodies in running the XO's after walking 4 hours to school. It seemed attractive to people who have no idea of what poverty really is.
One of the comments comes from Negroponte himself, including:
I suggest you look more carefully at Uruguay, Peru and Rwanda. In the case of Uruguay, every child has one. That is pretty amazing. Peru is headed there. Rwanda too.
All in all, a fascinating discussion of the project.

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