posted on Jan, 6 2008 @ 12:40 PM
"The New York Times has an article that sheds some light on why Intel left the OLPC board: 'A frail partnership between Intel and the One Laptop Per
Child educational computing group was undone last month in part by an Intel saleswoman: She tried to persuade a Peruvian official to drop the
country's commitment to buy a quarter-million of the organization's laptops in favor of Intel PCs. Intel and the group had a rocky relationship from
the start in their short-lived effort to get inexpensive laptops into the hands of the world's poorest children. But the saleswoman's tactic was the
final straw for Nicholas Negroponte.'"
"Reportedly angered by the One Laptop Per Child project's demand that it curtail work on its Classmate PC and other cheap laptops, Intel has
resigned from the project's board and canceled plans for an Intel-based OLPC laptop. Intel's withdrawal from the project comes less than six months
after the chip-making giant earned kudos for agreeing to contribute funding and join the board of OLPC. It's the latest blow to the OLPC, whose CTO
quit earlier this week to launch a for-profit company to commercialize her OLPC inventions."
Apparently, Intel (The daddy of all semiconductor corporations) will no longer support the OLPC. The main reason for this breakup is that OLPC
wants all the credit knowing that all their parts come from intel, thus Intel has no choice but to ditch the party. AMD will have to step in for this
organization to survive, but what if they don't.
For all we know, these laptops might not even reach the children. Remember how some governments destroy UN supply trucks to make sure that the
population does not get fed, obviously it's because an energized general population is a threat to their absolutist rule. The governments will
definitely not allow internet access as it is a way to gain democratic ideas. We do not know if the children can even gain access to a power supply
and definitely not a Wi-Fi hotspot (Unless the orgainization launched a satellite just for them).
Personally, I do not see the whole intention of this program or organization. Sure the kids are getting laptops to play games and do whatever
, but what do the children in these poverished places need more of? Food? Shelter? Security? Education? I'm guessing that the laptops
are only for the urban areas.
Intel should have started their own organization and made cheap ebook readers for the children instead.