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Financial Times: Helping Young Minds Click, Thomas Hazlett
The $100 laptop for kids is here. And the good news is that it sells for just $200. That is close enough for charitable work and MIT’s Nicholas Negroponte ought be toasted. His ambitious plan to distribute millions of light, energy-conscious notebook computers to children in developing countries – One Laptop Per Child, or OLPC – is already brightening some lives. Moreover, by pushing hardware and software suppliers to innovate for a market with much potential but little effective demand, further progress may come. Indeed, the XO-1 (as this machine is called) may be buried by the rivalry it has triggered. As Negroponte coolly responds to the burgeoning competitive threat: “make my day.” What is not to like? Probably nothing at all. Yet before this laptop-for-kids parade marches off to Stockholm to pick up a prize, we might make a few inquiries. Full article available on ft.com. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fb56167c-9ead-11dc-b4e4-0000779fd2ac.html. Also available by [PDF Download] on Prof. Hazlett’s faculty profile.