RE: [newtech-1] my neighbors spend have their year in sub sahara africa and other non industrialized counties

From: Dean C.
Sent on: Friday, November 30, 2007 7:08 PM

Robert, I used to think the same thing until I heard from someone who was first hand implementing mobile phone distribution system into India.

 

(think 1 phone per village – hired out to people for a fee etc)

 

They told me that previously people would walk 10 miles to the ‘town’ only to find that the person they wanted to see/sell/buy from was not there….now they get to phone ahead.

 

Whilst I’m unhappy about the computing platform/cut down operating system/price point of the OLPC I do agree with the principal that information changes everything.

 

 

Cheers,

 

Dean

 


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Robert
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 6:50 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] my neighbors spend have their year in sub sahara africa and other non industrialized counties

 

I never understood this OLPC thing.. why?!?

Don't these developing countries need more basic fundamental education like chemistry, physics, mathematics etc..?   So they can create an infrastructure of a community?   water treatment, electric planet, waste recycling etc...    Can't they learn from pencil and paper?  do they really need a computer for their computational needs?  I don't ever remember using a computer to do any of my math in EE nor HS physic/chemistry for that matter.  We did it all by hand which makes us learn.  yes yes.. we learned howto on a calculator too but wasn't necessary.

Don't the basic needs supersede needing to know how to surf the web or move a mouse?

Putting together a solar water and electric panel, evaporative cooling concepts, heating concepts with no wood burning and such does not require OLPC.  Not to mention where they get the electrics from to power the 2hr battery time.

Don't they need the basic home, water distribution and waste recycling more than googling things?

or am I completely missing the boat?

Also considering water will be more precious than gold here shortly.   Shouldn't they be concentrating on water retention,  aggregation and creation?

I would this is a PRIME PRIME opportunity to teach a country that has nothing to use the natural resources such as solar, wind, heat, water to create zero carbon energy and complete recycling of waste.    And I still think you can do all that with a single computer.

-Robert




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