One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project evaluation



Evaluating and diving into the bits about the OLPC project, it's obvious the discrepancy between the configuration of modern computers and the laptop proposed. The superiority of modern computers in terms of hardware is evident. On the other hand, the OLPC's laptop aims at the students that in their day-to-day will cope with tasks not so sophisticated. This way, the OLPC’s characteristics will satisfy with praise a lot of children around the world.

OLPC logoThe key point of the OLPC project is to permit children to interact with each other through the mesh network that is available in the hardware and at the same time to enable the access to the fantastic computer network called internet.

The hardware configuration isn’t so attractive, but to those that never thought in the possibility of having a computer, it’s a valid option.

It’s important to mention that great part of the world's population is formed by people bellow the poverty line since 1.1 billion people, about a 1/6 of humanity lives with less than 1 dollar per day.

The initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is fantastic. Since it's coming from a country that has a dictatorial economy that provides the rules to other markets nowadays and from an institute renowned internationally and financed by great technology companies, we can expect good fruits of the progress of this project.

It’s the underdeveloped governments’ responsibility to implement the policies and enforce the proper acting for the technology area, which is related directly with the future of such nations. The poverty and the barrier imposed on the knowledge access will only be suppressed when all or at least the major part of population have access to the better of this world. Unfortunately this isn’t the real thing and any project that tries to diminish the gap of the digital exclusion is welcome.

Concluding this brief evaluation I consider the OLPC an outstanding initiative of low cost given that the necessity for knowledge and access to new technologies is increasing at a high pace in the underdeveloped nations.