When we go to school, very often, we don't see that passion because the way school is run, the disciplinary nature of it and the rote learning are so, sort of, offensive actually, that children sort of lose that passion more often than not.
Every single problem you can think of, poverty, peace, the environment, is solved with education or including education,
Key is the question of where do new ideas come from. Historically, four places: government labs, big corporations, startup companies, and research universities.
Giving the kids a programming environment of any sort, whether it's a tool like Squeak or Scratch or Logo to write programs in a childish way - and I mean that in the most generous sense of the word, that is, playing with and building things - is one of the best ways to learn.
If you get those kind of results, I'm going to build the machines. There's enough passion and enough kids that are able to do things they were not able to do before that justifies it.
It bothers me when people spoil the market. Nicholas Negrop
The best way to guarantee a steady stream of new ideas is to make sure that each person in your organization is as different as possible from the others. Under these conditions, and only these conditions, will people maintain varied perspectives and demonstrate their knowledge in different ways.
The cost of electronics in a modern car now exceeds the cost of its stall.
This is not teaching as we know it; only part of our learning comes from teaching. Much of it comes from curiosity. These are tools that can help cultivate that learning process.
One of the arguments here at OLPC is, if 100 million kids could have an Asus running Windows, is that better with two million kids running the XO? And the answer is yes. We want kids connected and the largest possible number is the goal.
Whatever big problem you can imagine, from world peace to the environment to hunger to poverty, the solution always includes education, ... We need to depend more on peer-to-peer and self-driven learning. The laptop is one important means of doing that.
And what's really frightening, or interesting, depending on your perspective, is that the change from now will even be faster and bigger than we're expecting.
The idea is that it fulfils many roles. It is the whole theory that learning is seamless,
You look at countries like Italy and Spain, which both have low (Internet user) numbers, but Italy could actually be more wired than France,
It's hard to propose a $100 laptop for a world community of kids and then not say in the same breath that you're going to depend on the community to make software for it.
The idea is to have it play many roles so that the child takes it home, uses it for play, study. The whole theory is that learning is seamless, it's not something you just do at school.
I've told the governments that our price will float and go down over time,
The change from atoms to bits is irrevocable and unstoppable. Why now? Because the change is also exponential - small differences of yesterday can have suddenly shocking consequences tomorrow.
Very often kids don't ask questions in class because they don't want to be seen asking a question.
I've spent my whole life worrying about the human-computer interface, so I don't want to suggest that what we have today is even close to acceptable.
Every child in Uruguay has a little green laptop.
You can see the future best through peripheral vision.
Scale will get you strategy.
the most important thing I've ever done in my life.
This is just the beginning, the beginning of understanding that cyberspace has no limits, no boundaries.
Rote learning is a killer for most of us and for some people, it really excludes them.
The notion of collective contribution, like the Wikipedia, is a very powerful one.
We have been asked directly about this, ... Remember that the military used wind-up radios for years.
Access by kids to the Internet should be like kids breathing clean air.
We will see a billion users of the Internet before the end of the year 2000,