[Edu-sig] OLPC on 60 Minutes

Andreas Raab andreas.raab at gmx.de
Mon May 21 23:34:41 CEST 2007

Also check out http://olpc.tv/

   - Andreas

kirby urner wrote:
> So I just viewed this segment, mostly an interview of Negroponte with 
> Leslie Stahl:
> http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1998/07/09/60minutes/main13546.shtml , but
> with lots of footage from Cambodia, plus significant footage of (a) 
> Negroponte
> telling lecture hall that Intel was bad (b) Intel defending itself in 
> the person of
> its CEO.
> For an intro to a big topic, I thought this was good overview, and 60 
> Minutes
> always needs a twisted plot i.e. a bad guy, so I don't begrudge dwelling 
> on the
> private industry threat.  My Project Renaissance model builds in the 
> idea of
> test pilot nonprofit idealists like Negroponte paving the way for 
> commercial
> imitators -- surely this pattern is repeated over and over (used to be the
> military was the biggest guinea pig, for health care innovations 
> especially).
> Negroponte himself comes across as a class act, handsome, well spoken,
> an idealist we can love.  So the XO uses AMD chips, so what?
> I'm glad the idea of massive computer power spreading to the world's
> underprivileged is being presented as pretty much a fait accompli.  Even
> if Intel is getting in the way, it's doing so by embracing the vision.  
> I hope
> the XO really flies big time though.  Wouldn't bother me to see it fattening
> a bottom line or two -- the investors could be XO-using entrepreneurs in
> the developing world, doing the hard work of keeping the pipeline moving.
> Kirby
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