Monday, November 14, 2005

$100 Laptop: Where is the U.S.?

From the F.A.Q.:
How will these be marketed? The idea is to distribute the machines through those ministries of education willing to adopt a policy of "One Laptop per Child." Initial discussions have been held with China, Brazil, Thailand, and Egypt. Additional countries will be selected for beta testing. Initial orders will be limited to a minimum of one million units (with appropriate financing).
China, Brazil, Thailand, and Egypt... Let's not forget about the 12.9 million children living in poverty in the United States. Can you believe that a mere $1.3 billion could equip every poor child in the U.S. with a laptop? Think how much we could save in text book costs. Who is working on this? Are we really going to sell laptops to countries half way around the world without giving one to the kid down the street?

2 Comments:

Blogger JAYT said...

An old post maybe. But FWIW the rest of the world assumes the US - as the wealthiest country on the planet - can deal with its own problems as well as helping others.

The debacle in New Orleans should raise doubts about the US's ability to respond to any crisis. Even given overwhelming transport capability, the management of logistics to deliver a few hundred thousand water bottles was beyond the capability of the US government.

You astounded the world with that one.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Bob Lee said...

To my knowledge, those countries are buying the laptops themselves. My question is why hasn't the US put in an order yet?

4:09 PM  

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