The One Laptop per Child project aims to put a laptop computer within reach of far more children than today.
One of the architects of the project, Media Lab’s Nicholas Negroponte, said that:
It’s an education project, not a laptop project.
When it was begun, the project seemed extremely fanciful but at the Reboot conference in Copenhagen one of the prototype $100 laptops was demo’ed.
It wasn’t the fastest laptop I have ever seen but it worked and in the photo below you can see it browsing the BBC’s website.
This will be a fantastic move forward when these laptops finally are delivered. However, several obstacles remain. Ireland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and I can’t see our government committing to spend $100 to but a laptop for every child in the country. If Ireland wouldn’t do this for her children, what hope have the children of poorer countries?
Then, where do kids in poorer countries get electricity and Internet access, even if they do somehow get enough money to buy a laptop?
I’m sure I’m not the first to ask these questions and there may even be plans in place to address them. I certainly hope so or this plan will fail at the first hurdle.