domingo, 5 de outubro de 2008

Um computador por criança / one laptop per child

In this exclusive interview with LAPTOP, Nicholas Negroponte speaks freely on the ambitious One Laptop Per Child Project.

By Joanna Stern

One Laptop per Child was started as a nonprofit organization two and a half years ago. Every project I have ever done in my life has been a vector toward this one. The early work of Professor Seymour Papert, the creator of the once-popular Logo programming language, provides the foundational theories of children learning through computers--what we call constructionism. In 1981, we were using Apple IIs in primary schools in Senegal.


The founder of the MIT Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte pushed the edge of the information revolution as an inventor, thinker and angel investor. Now he's the driving force behind One Laptop per Child, building computers for children in the developing world.

A pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, Negroponte was perhaps best known for founding and directing MIT's Media Lab, which helped drive the multimedia revolution and now houses more than 500 researchers and staff. An original 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 book 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 effort, the One Laptop per Child project, may prove his most ambitious. The organization is manufacturing the XO (the "$100 laptop"), a wireless Internet-enabled, pedal-powered computer costing roughly $100. Negroponte hopes to put millions of these devices in the hands of the children in the developing world by 2010.
"If Nicholas Negroponte can achieve his ambition of distributing $100 laptops to the world's disadvantaged children, he will help redefine philanthropy and see his name added to a list alongside the likes of Carnegie, Ford and Rockefeller."
Technology Review

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