Wednesday, May 14, 2008

100 dollar laptop: "Learning was never part of the mission"

Wow. Just. Wucking. Fow.

Commenting on these new, absolutely damning revelations, Rahul (from whom I got the link) asks:

... How did the world media, and several governments, get suckered into this giant con-job? Is everyone so much in awe of MIT that their critical faculties take a vacation?


  1. the_girl_from_ipanema said...

    off topic
    I like that expression. Just wucking fow. I am stealing. tia.

  2. Jillu Madrasi said...

    and yours was one of the sanest voices I heard on the topic nano.

    thanks, and yes everyone is very much in awe of MIT.

  3. Anonymous said...

    I always thought Negroponte was a charlatan. Not for an rational reasons, just a sense.

    I am also unsure as to whether the hype around the Media Lab is justified. Does anyone know what they have produced in application terms? Or has it all been prototypes and handwaving?

  4. Chetan Kunte said...

    I have been a strong supporter of OLPC from day one, but this post is sad indeed. I honestly wished that something good would out of it. It was predictable to see idealists, and people who got involved with a notion of doing the greater good, leave when they realized that the motives were different.

    But there's hope of course. There are mirco-efforts going on all around the world, technology is maturing in areas previously considered a taboo. I, for one, would love to see children get an early lead in letting their imagination go, with tools (SketchUp--as an example) that help them achieve their dreams, and help them learn, build-upon.

  5. prabindh said...

    And they just moved to Windows.