Friday, 3 February 2006

Altruism or Capitalism?

The sub-$100 laptop is coming, but are the implementors doing it out of a sense of altruism or for some other less-laudible reason? Also, note who the potential implementors are -- not faceless corporates, but businessmen in the top of their markets.
I think this article shows the right sense of skepticism and hope and I especially like the reference to free mesh networks - information freedom at very little cost just by taking up the slack that the telcos don't worry about.
The key to all of this is to find the method that will cause the least pain for the greatest gain; something that the sub-$100 laptop is trying to publicly prove can be accomplished.
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