Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Girl, two years on

Nicholas Negroponte talks about how One Laptop per Adolescent is doing, two years in. Speaking at the EG colloquium while the first XO laptops float off the preparation rule, he recaps the controversies and recommits to the goals of this far-reaching engagement.

The trip of the MIT Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte pushed the effectiveness of the gen coup d« as an inventor, nestor and angel investor. Now he»s the driving pressure behind One Laptop per Adolescent, edifice computers for children in the developing give birth to.

A leader in the meadow of computer-aided contrive, Negroponte was perhaps best known for founding and directing MIT«s Media Lab, which helped lane the multimedia coup d» and now houses more than 500 researchers and sceptre. An genuine investor in WIRED (and the magazine’s «patron saint»), for five years he penned a column exploring the frontiers of technology -- ideas that he expanded into his 1995 best-selling libretto Being Digital. An angel investor extraordinaire, he's funded more than 40 startups, and served on the boards of companies such as Motorola and Ambient Devices.

But his latest attempt, the One Laptop per Adolescent engagement, may affirm his most greedy. The codifying is manufacturing the XO (the «$100 laptop»), a wireless Internet-enabled, pedal-powered computer costing unkindly $100. Negroponte hopes to put millions of these devices in the hands of the children in the developing give birth to by 2010.

«If Nicholas Negroponte can get his avidity of distributing $100 laptops to the world's disadvantaged children, he will help redefine largesse and see his name added to a laundry list alongside the likes of Carnegie, Ford and Rockefeller.»

Technology Review

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