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OLPC founder, Negroponte, has a few words for Intel on low-cost laptops

Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the "One Laptop Per Child" initiative, accused chip maker Intel of undermining the OLPC by selling its own cut-price laptop, the Classmate.  Negroponte claims that Intel is trying to drive him out of the market.

According to BBC, Negroponte said that Intel hurt his mission in trying to distribute laptops to kids in developing countries "enormously".  Intel's chairman, Craig Barrett, has denied all claims of undercutting Negroponte's mission, stating, "We're not trying to drive [him] out of business. We're trying to bring capability to young people."

Though the hardware specifications differ between Intel’s low-cost laptops and Negroponte's, OLPC founder believes that the main problem is that his machines use AMD processors, Intel's main competitor. "Intel and AMD fight viciously," he told CBS. "We're just sort of caught in the middle."

Professor Negroponte also claimed that Intel has distributed marketing literature to governments entailing negative aspects of the One Laptop Per Child and outlining superior aspects of the Classmate.  Some of the literature had titles such as "the shortcomings of the One Laptop per Child approach".  Intel responded by saying that it was just making comparisons between the Classmate PC and the other device in the market.

Countries have until May 31 to place their orders for the first round of PCs.  The launch price will be $175 but the goal is to get them down to $100 each.  Intel is taking orders for the Classmate for over $200 each.



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RE: Economics 101
By borowki on 5/21/2007 9:06:34 PM , Rating: 0
You guys are missing the point entirely. The goal of OLPC is to direct IT spending in third world countries to the least productive part of their economies--i.e. little children--and thereby maintain our technological advantage over them. A key feature of the plan is having a single product model, one that is only suitable for young children. This will ensure that even in the event they do acquire some computer skills from these lowly machines, they would have nothing to use to further their know-hows once they become teenagers. In absence of a centrally controlled monopoly, the plan cannot work. A profit-driven company like Intel wouldn't want to give a useless machine to a child once. It'd seek to turn him into lifelong customer. That means newer and better computers over time. The resulting technology transfer harms our national interest.


RE: Economics 101
By smitty3268 on 5/21/2007 10:15:20 PM , Rating: 4
Yes, and it was all planned out on our secret moon base by the aliens who are really in charge of our government and behind the 9/11 plot...

Then again, maybe they just want to help poor children???

Nah, couldn't be that.


RE: Economics 101
By borowki on 5/22/2007 8:27:35 AM , Rating: 2
We ARE helping them in protecting their way of life. Without our guidance, these poor people will just imitate us and lose their own unique cultral identity. They'd buy a real PC and teach themselves how to use Excel. With a OLPC laptop, they can compose music with the TamTam software, and in doing so, becoming closer in touch with their spiritual selves and the rhythm of nature.


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