At TED2006, former MIT Media Lab Director Nicholas Negroponte outlined the challenges of producing the $100 laptop, which will be designed for — and only available to — children in the developing world. The key, he suggested, is scale. The economics will work when countries begin ordering them by the millions. Well, according to the Nigerian newspaper, Vanguard, the first order is in: The Nigerian government has committed to purchasing at least one million. India, on the other hand, has declined. (Via VnuNet and PC Advisor.)
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“We’re on spaceship Earth,” begins Will Marshall during Session 9 of TED2014. “It’s fragile and finite — and we need to take care of it.” He shows a satellite image of Earth. Yes, it’s beautiful, says Marshall, but it’s outdated. The information is old, and he says, “We can’t fix what we can’t see.” Satellite […]
The economy in 20 short films, what was on that NASA rocket and the Oscars for wildlife photographers
The past week brought lots of excitement for members of the TED community. Below, some highlights. Morgan Spurlock’s latest project, “We the Economy,” has a tagline that really explains it best. Billed as “20 short films you can’t afford to miss,” this online series brings together filmmakers and economists to answer big questions about the […]