One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is an educational project not a laptop project according to founder — Nicholas Negroponte.
Nicholas Negroponte was the talk of Davos Switzerland when he unveiled his plan for a $100 Laptop - more.
This project has been highly controversial. Many people have argued with its choice of technologies (Open Source), business model (partnering with the United Nations and with national governments, rather than with private companies) was off target. Some people have questioned whether the computer itself is the critical resource bottleneck, citing Internet access as being an equally important and more difficult to solve problem. There is still a way to go.
There are still a few minor obstacles associated with a project attempting to ensure that every child on the planet not only has a computer but that it is connected to the World Wide Web of opportunities, information and possibility. Nevertheless the endeavour seems to be off to a good start and maybe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation might lend a hand. Bob are you listening?
For Nicholas Negroponte podcast - click here.
For technical discussion video (35min) - click here.