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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Education For the Poor, For the Illiterate, For Us All

The XO Laptop
You may have seen that I am supporting Tim Ferriss' drive to raise money in order to build schools in Vietnam (on the right sidebar on this page). Education is always a great purpose.

Now, today's New York Times writes about another great educational purpose. You may have heard about the One Laptop Per Child effort that has been going on in order to get all poor, educationally underserved children of the world (two billion) a laptop for US $100 per child. That has gone up due to a number of issues to $200 per child, and people can participate in this effort in November by purchasing two: one for a child in a developoing nation, and one for the child at home.

But more than that, the article, Laptop With a Mission Widens Its Audience, is enormously fascinating due to the technological advances that this laptop incorporates, and the potential impact of these on the global community, and here I mean not only the impact on the third world community, but on all of us. We are indeed all one and this funny looking laptop moves us in the right direction.

I encourage you to read the article.

"In November, you’ll be able to buy a new laptop that’s spillproof, rainproof, dustproof and drop-proof. It’s fanless, it’s silent and it weighs 3.2 pounds. One battery charge will power six hours of heavy activity, or 24 hours of reading. The laptop has a built-in video camera, microphone, memory-card slot, graphics tablet, game-pad controllers and a screen that rotates into a tablet configuration." Read more.

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