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Sunday, March 26, 2006

That's Not The Reason It's Stupid 

I actually think Bill Gates is a pretty smart guy, but these comments were pretty stupid:

Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on Wednesday mocked a $100 laptop computer for developing countries being developed with the backing of rival Google Inc. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The $100 laptop project seeks to provide inexpensive computers to people in developing countries. The computers lack many features found on a typical personal computer, such as a hard disk and software.

"The last thing you want to do for a shared use computer is have it be something without a disk ... and with a tiny little screen," Gates said at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum in suburban Washington.

Personally, I think the $100 laptop program is a bad idea because the last thing you want to do is give a computer to people who don't have potable water, the ability to prevent malaria, or sustainable farming techniques. Priorities people! If Google wants to invest money to help people in Africa, it should spend its money developing a cheap and easy to operate method for purifying water for villages.

Comments:

What if the people could use the laptop to surf the web and find a do-it-yourself filtration system?

  Posted at March 26, 2006 11:39 PM by Blogger Aaron  
Perhaps, Aaron - but where's the wifi or other infrastructure if they don't have potable water?

  Posted at April 02, 2006 1:58 PM by Blogger Be  
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