[Olpc-open] Let them have laptops
jkintree at swbell.net
Sat Feb 2 19:00:54 EST 2008
On Friday 01 February 2008 11:46 am, Sameer Verma wrote:
> A short writeup from the Indian Express today.
Thanks for sharing that, Sameer. The article says, "A full
implementation of the XO project for India would involve the
purchase of 100 million laptops and would cost around Rs 50,000
crore every year. That is obviously impossible but even if it were
possible, the benefits of a laptop for every child have to be
weighed against the benefits from spending the same amount
in schools, teachers, nutrition and healthcare for those children."
the actual annual expenditure for the military of India in
2004-2005 was Rs 75,835 crore. I guess the thinking there is,
"If they don't have bread, let them eat bullets."
With respect to education about technology, how much of a
computer would $200 have bought ten years ago? Not even a
computer; maybe a monitor for $200 in 1998. How much of a
computer will $200 buy in 2018? Maybe ten years from now,
$50 will buy a computer that is vastly superior than the XO
laptop of today. How do we educate children for that kind of future?
The author of the article was right when saying it's, "a matter of
political will." If each of 100 million children in India took their XO
laptops home, and showed their families and neighbors how they
work, we might be looking at close to a billion people directly
impacted by this project. With the right software, those billion
people might then use that kind of technology to express their
political will. If that happened, I think there would be fewer hungry
people in the world.
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