Monday, October 03, 2005

Laptops for Everyone

The day of the $100 laptop is here. Beyond lowering the barriers to entry into the digtal world for the poor in this country, this could prove to be a great opportunity for developing countries, as the laptops are designed to be powered by a hand crank to give it the juice to run. This kind of invention will work to narrow the "technological divide" that makes it more difficult for those without computers and internet connections to keep up with the pace of society. Just think about how difficult it would be for you to find a job without the internet. And if the vision of the inventor comes to fruition and these are indeed distributed to the developing world, these $100 laptops, connected to the ideas available on the internet, could do more for the "spread of democracy" (or even better, the spread of markets) than a dozen military misadventures.


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