I wrote then, and I still believe, the following:
You think these mini-computers will "address the world's education problems"? There's the difference--I don't. Computers haven't addressed the education problems here in the US, where computers are much more ubiquitous than they ever will be in the bush of Africa or the forests of southern Asia or Brazil.
I wrote that in response to a person who said he/she hated me because I think this idea, while nice enough, is certainly misguided. Hate, because I don't see how giving these novelties to poor children will improve their lives in any meaningful way. The capacity of liberals to hate shouldn't amaze me anymore, but it still does.
But on to the story.
But the main design motive was the project's goal of stimulating education better than previous computer endeavors have. Nicholas Negroponte, who launched the project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab two years ago before spinning One Laptop into a separate nonprofit, said he deliberately wanted to avoid giving children computers they might someday use in an office.
"In fact, one of the saddest but most common conditions in elementary school computer labs (when they exist in the developing world), is the children are being trained to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint," Negroponte wrote in an e-mail interview. "I consider that criminal, because children should be making things, communicating, exploring, sharing, not running office automation tools."
Ah yes, exploring and sharing. Not learning, but exploring and sharing. These so-called progressives never give up.
I wonder if he'll keep his word here:
"I have to laugh when people refer to XO as a weak or crippled machine and how kids should get a 'real' one," Negroponte wrote. "Trust me, I will give up my real one very soon and use only XO. It will be far better, in many new and important ways."
Yes, all of us in the developed world want laptops without hard drives. The operating system may be nifty, and he may very well like that, but no hard drive? Sorry, Nicky, I'm not buying it.
Not buying it? Get it? These are computers that are supposed to be given to poor children! Get it? Sometimes I slay myself.