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Missing: One Small Tech Part to Help Kids

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 28, 2010 03:15 PM

Nicholas Negroponte is making good on his One Laptop Per Child Project promise.

When the idea was pitched at the 2005 World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland, Negroponte says his proposal for a $100 laptop aimed at children in developing nations was shot down: “it was as if the tech world's supermoguls were glowering down on him in judgment. Over the course of the year, Craig Barrett, Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs weighed in, privately declining support and in some cases publicly disparaging the idea.”

Fast forward to this week, when Negroponte announced that the sub-$100 laptop will launch two years ahead of schedule and cost even less ($75) than envisioned, but still needs some key features in order to achieve its goals of narrowing the digital divide.Continue reading...

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