Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Sep 2007 19:57 UTC, submitted by Bobthearch
Hardware, Embedded Systems The vaunted 'USD 100 laptop' that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers dreamed up for international schoolchildren is becoming a slightly more distant concept. The USD 100 laptop has many innovative features including a pull cord for recharging by hand. Leaders of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child that was spun out of MIT acknowledged Friday that the devices are now slated to cost USD 188 when mass production begins this fall. The last price the nonprofit announced was USD 176; it described USD 100 as a long-term goal.
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by orfanum on Mon 17th Sep 2007 12:57 UTC
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2006-06-02

This technology sits at the top of a socio-political iceberg 9/10s of which isn't readily visible, tangible, or, to the average geek, 'cool'.

I really do not know where to begin but I will have a go:

It's not esy at all to divide countires into those who have 'nailed' the food problem and those who haven't: places like China even have wealth and poverty, plenty and scarcity - famously, Ethiopia, during the famine that spawned that other fatuous and near-sighted reaction, Band-Aid, had southern regions of the country that knew nothing about these problems, or could be unconcerned in their regard.

Global power, warfare and consumption - let's not lavish OLPCs, but peace, security and a reconfiguration of needs and consumption over the span of the entire globe - otherwise this is a cherry on top of a pretty stale cake, or, to go back to the previous analogy, a picture-book snowman on an iceberg capable of sinking continents, over and over and over again.

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