The $100 laptop, which was announced what seems like eons ago, is in the process of launching. This project aims to put a laptop in the hands of every child in every country, by making them inexpensive. While $100 may seem like an entire life savings to some children in third world countries, I anticipate this program to do a lot of good for a lot of people.
The first countries to sign up to buying the machine include Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan and Thailand.
I believe that one of the greatest achievments of the 20th century was to bring a world view to everyone – primarily through technology. Radio, TV, film, and now the internet all allow people from any walk of life to see things in a world view that is less restrictive. I have high hopes of this project furthering the ability of children to contextualize their lives not in relation to their government, but in relation to humanity.