Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How the One Laptop Per Child "all went wrong"

The $100 laptop would have all the features of an ordinary computer but require so little electricity that a child could power it with a hand crank. It would be rugged enough for children to use anywhere, instead of being limited to schools. Mesh networking would let one laptop extend a single internet connection to many others. A Linux-based operating system would give kids total access to the computer — OLPC had reportedly turned down an offer of free Mac OS X licenses from Steve Jobs. And as its name suggested, the laptop would cost only $100, at a time when its competitors cost $1,000 or more.
That article is from April 16, 2018. Some links from the Super Punch archives:

9/4/07: "Coming Very Soon: One Laptop Per Child"

3/31/08: WSJ writer's kids "prefer our five-year-old PC"

3/19/08: "Designer Yves Béhar won the Brit Insurance Design of the Year award at a ceremony at the Design Museum in London last night, for the One Laptop Per Child project."

7/3/12: "Yet five years in, there are serious doubts about whether the largest single deployment in the One Laptop Per Child initiative inspired by MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte was worth the more than $200 million that Peru’s government spent."