$100 laptops

It seems that the MIT Media Lab is developing a laptop that will cost US$100. The vision, from reading their web site, is to market is massively to third-world countries.

I wonder whether the MIT, or the non-profit association One Laptop per Child (OLPC), will charge third-world countries for the laptops. If they will, this would be, once again, a case of the Western world (the USA in this case) selling stuff to the third world. I can’t help but think that giving them water, hospitals, medicines and schools would be much better than selling laptops to them. Or, putting it in a different way, does the third world need laptops so badly? Who is going to get the larger benefits here, the third-world kids or the bunch of people in the USA that are behind the initiative?

I am skeptical.

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3 Responses to “$100 laptops”


  1. 1 Robin Boast 9 October 2005 at 20:53

    Better yet Cesar, take the burden of IMF and WB debt off their backs so they can develop their own infrastructures. I am agreeing with you completely, by the way.

  2. 2 Nick Culjak 12 October 2005 at 14:33

    The desire to give them laptops is just another example of how out of touch we are with what they really need.

  3. 3 corriganreid 17 July 2008 at 14:09

    I thought that the deal was going to be to market the laptops in the US and Europe with the provision that you actually buy two. One for yourself and one to be distributed for free in the developing world. The plan might have changed though.


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