Intel Joins One Laptop Per Child Initiative
The One Laptop Per Child project has reached an agreement with long-standing skeptic Intel Corp. to work together to explore ways to get computer technology into the hands of children in developing nations. The move, announced yesterday, is a great vindication for the Cambridge-based OLPC and its founder, Nicholas Negroponte, who told me only a few days ago that he was on the road 330 days out of the year working on the project. He also said that after three years of gestation, OLPC was at “the point of inflection” in its efforts surrounding the XO laptop, a personal computer based on free and open source software planned for production beginning in September.
Intel, which already markets its Classmate PC at least somewhat in competition with the XO, has long been critical of the OLPC program. Under the terms of the agreement, the announcement of which was about as vaguely worded as one could imagine, Intel will join the OLPC board. The two will explore ways to jointly develop and promote both technology and educational content, and “bring the benefits of technology to the developing world through synergy of their respective programs.”
“Intel joins the OLPC board as a world leader in technology, helping reach the world’s children. Collaboration with Intel means that the maximum number of laptops will reach children,” Negroponte said in the statement.
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