Thursday, October 13, 2005

The $100 laptop

When I published Oni's vision about Education for All on August 03, 2005 I didn't expect it to become true in the near future. Anyhow the publication triggered people to send me newspaper clippings and that's how I stumbled upon the following amazing attempt to make this dream come true on a huge scale:

In January 2005 the MIT Media Lab has launched a new research initiative to develop a
$100 laptop. The plan was to manufacture 50,000 to 100,000 units in fewer than
12 months, with an eye on building about 100 million to 200 million units by the
following year. The mission
was to bring computers and the Internet to children in the poorest and most
remote parts of the world. The world's children
(0-18 years) number over two billion. Nearly 9 out of 10 live in developing
countries. Nearly one billion are of primary school age. As the
world enters
the second century of the Information Age, more than 85 percent of the world's
children have no regular access to a telephone. The majority have never
made or received a telephone call…

I just sent emails to this group and hope we can cooperate.

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