Even in the developing parts of the world, kids take to computers like fish to water.
Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living.
If you take any world problem, any issue on the planet, the solution to that problem certainly includes education. In education, the roadblock is the laptop.
Big companies are looking closer term, and even the most technological companies spend less than 1% of sales on research. Startups have suffered the burst bubble.
Learning by doing, peer-to-peer teaching, and computer simulation are all part of the same equation.
Everybody agrees that whatever the solutions are to the big problems, they... can never be without some element of education.
This is just the beginning, the beginning of understanding that cyberspace has no limits, no boundaries.
We all learned how to walk and talk by interacting with our environment, with real goals and rewards.
Cell phones were more popular in Cambodia and Uganda because they didn't have phones. We had phones in this country, and we were very late to the table. They're going to adopt e-books much faster than we do.
Giving the kids a programming environment of any sort, whether it's a tool like Squeak or Scratch or Logo to write programs in a childish way - and I mean that in the most generous sense of the word, that is, playing with and building things - is one of the best ways to learn.
My goal is not selling laptops. OLPC is not in the laptop business. It's in the education business.
I'm not good at selling laptops. I'm good at selling ideas.
Linux is its own worst enemy: it's splintered, it has different distributions, it's too complex to run for most people.
Companies cannot really see beyond their current customer base. They explicitly or implicitly do things to protect their current customers. And the last person to want real change is your customer. This is why most new ideas come from small companies that have nothing to lose.
Nature is pretty good at networks, self-organizing systems. By contrast, social systems are top-down and hierarchical, from which we draw the basic assumption that organization and order can only come from centralism.
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