Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Dec 2011 16:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It all started with Apple/TechCrunch blogger M.G. Siegler making a huge fuss over something he didn't understand, and while that in and of itself isn't particularly interesting, one of the outcomes of this little internet drama is a comment on Google+ (the tenth one) that so perfectly encapsulates just how important Android is for the world that I felt the need to share it with you. It's the holiday season after all.
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RE[4]: Insanely Funny
by MOS6510 on Sat 31st Dec 2011 11:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Insanely Funny"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

The problem in many poor countries is that they are not poor at all. War, corruption, dictatorship makes things nasty for the people.

For example there is a lot of food in Africa, the problem is the logistics. Just try getting food from A to B while dogging rebels, gangs and corrupt officials.

Perhaps Google maps on a cheap android phone will help finding an alternate route, but I doubt it will solve war or corruption.

When there is safety and no more or much less corruption no doubt easy and cheap Internet access can contribute in education.

See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs

But we've had this before with the Linux movement. Someone makes up an idea and it becomes a dogma. These ideas often don't take in account reality and other factors. People who make up these ideas often have no clue what people want and people need. Steve did and became rich selling expensive and restrictive stuff (as some people here claim).

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RE[5]: Insanely Funny
by frderi on Sat 31st Dec 2011 11:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Insanely Funny"
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2011-06-17

I think its a much broader problem than just the logistical part. Its also to the large extent the proper sociocultural glue which has dissolved after so many years of wars and instability. For western people, this is so pervasive in our lifes that they seem a given. But for people having sat out the terror during most of their lives, barely clinging onto life itself, its a long way to a well educated and properly organized society. Thats why I like initiatives like Neil Turok's AIMS a lot more. They're trying to tackle the problem at the core, and that is helping these nations by providing education to individuals who can make a difference in their own countries.

Edited 2011-12-31 11:53 UTC

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RE[6]: Insanely Funny
by MOS6510 on Sat 31st Dec 2011 18:30 in reply to "RE[5]: Insanely Funny"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I guess it has to begin somewhere and it probably won't be one quick fix, but perhaps many small ones.

And we can all think and talk about it, but I don't think we can imagine how it's like to be in that position and what other pitfalls and problems are about.

So all in all I think it's rather naive to think that cheap Android powered phones will solve anything.

But hey, here in The Netherlands we recently had a big charity event for mothers in poor countries in which almost 7 million euro was collected and I just heard we spend 67 million on fireworks!

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