Christian Long

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop Per Child, Two Years On

In TED Talks on April 12, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Reflection by ALEX S.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop Per Child, Two Years On

Free laptops for everyone!

Well not really. Just for the underdeveloped countries.

Nicholas Negroponte has setup a very interesting organization, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), because he is on a mission to expand and develop the minds of young kids who have never been exposed to such material. OLPC is a non-profit organization that is supplying underdeveloped countries with laptops to excersize the minds of kids in a similar way of how our minds are stretched by the everyday use of programs and technology in the U.S.

The idea of having almost every kid in the world use a laptop everyday is quite a large concept when considering the large amount of knowledge about the world that each kid could be exposed to.

I believe this could change the future of the world greatly becuase young intelligent people grow into tomorrow’s leaders in the developed countries. But now in the underdeveloped countries kids have the ability to be educated through programs on a computer that can be updated thousands of miles away. Thus allowing the youth to step up and lead countries intelligently.

OLPC also can lead to a spreading of culture around the globe as many cultures and countries will look to the U.S. Our belief system and way of running our country. This could lead to more countries not only being allied through a laptop but also through the political side of things.This could lead to a change in the world forever.

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