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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
  One Laptop per Child: Unforseen consequences?
According to the Reuters report, "Developing nations to test new $150 laptops" the One Laptop per Child project should start delivering the first few thousand innovative tough laptops to "to eight nations in February".

This project is smart enough, new enough and visionary enough that anyone with a love of technology and half an imagination is bound to be excited by the possibilities. But recently I've begun to think of the possible unintended consequences.

These first 2,500 machines will inevitably be concentrated in villages associated with prominent people. But what about the next million or six? If they too are concentrated in the hands of the villages, tribes, and language groups of the powerful will Western altruism in trying to bridge one "digital divide" widen another? Or will organisations like World Vision ensure that they also get in significant numbers to the least "advantaged"?

And, what about the effect on child labour? It takes very little imagination, and kids even in the poorest places have huge imaginations, to envisage thousands of ways these laptops can be used to make a buck (and adult daily wages are little more than that) using these machines. Will pictures like these:
UNICEF Image
merely be replaced by this (without the smiles)?

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Thursday, December 14, 2006
 

One Laptop Per Child at last a human computer interface?

FriendsOLPC_2_Sm.jpg


Pentagram has some first ideas about how the user interface of the laptop in "One Laptop Per Child" will work.

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Four views:
  • Home: where you "set preferences like color"
  • Friends: where you "chat with their friends"
  • Neighborhood: where you "locate other users and gather around an activity"
  • Activity: where you "focus on a project at hand"

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Apart from the ghastly mistake of making "Home" a place to tinker with the machine, surely a hangover from machine focused OSs, this is great! An interface that is human-oriented first, and then task-oriented, how much better than Windows, Mac, name your poison...

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