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One Laptop Per Child Reveals $75 Computer

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One of my favorite creative enterprises is the One Laptop Per Child project which seeks to make computers so affordable that every child in developing nations will be able to own one.

The original goal was $100 laptops. The initial model went for $188. Now, they’ve developed a version that will cost only $75. It looks like a computerized book, utilizes touch-screen technology and will be available by 2010. Plus, the new version is lighter, more energy efficient and will run a version of Microsoft Windows.

From a technological standpoint, this is a pretty cool achievement. From a world education standpoint, it could be revolutionary. The genius of this idea is that these computers will help create opportunity where there is nearly none. While it is true that many developing countries still need the basic essentials (food, clean water, medicine), this project ensures future generations in those nations are integrated into the computer age and can participate in new economies both in their native countries and on a global scale.