Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jul 2007 19:20 UTC
Intel There's nothing like allegations of predatory conduct to bring two organizations together. Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project has decided to bring Intel on board as a partner and a possible future supplier, just a few months after Negroponte went on 60 Minutes and essentially accused the chip maker of trying to destroy his low-cost PC project. Intel has agreed to join the board of the OLPC and work with the organization on possible "collaborations involving technology and educational content," according to a press release Friday morning.
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RE: Motivation
by jdrake on Sat 14th Jul 2007 00:07 UTC in reply to "Motivation"
jdrake
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2005-07-07

I do hope you realize that ultimately a venture has to make money - even if it isn't a great amount. In economic terms an accounting profit (as opposed to an economic profit) can indicate if something is economically viable.

If it isn't, then it likely should not be done. Considering the massive scope of this sort of project, if it was not economically viable I would not expect them to be involved in anyway.

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RE[2]: Motivation
by orfanum on Sat 14th Jul 2007 11:37 in reply to "RE: Motivation"
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2006-06-02

Depends what you mean by 'venture' - space travel, mass warfare...have these things ever shown even an accounting profit? They are still committed though since money is only a means to an end, not a measure of worth. Materialists and capitalists often confuse these two.

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RE[3]: Motivation
by jdrake on Sat 14th Jul 2007 17:20 in reply to "RE: Motivation"
jdrake Member since:
2005-07-07

Space travel, I would argue is not that same as OLPC in any realistic way. OLPC is to produce millions of units. Whereas, the travel in space is ultimately a scientific advancement (regardless of the original purpose).

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