?

Log in

No account? Create an account

OLPC

« previous entry | next entry »
Feb. 23rd, 2007 | 10:14 am

Ok, that's frightening...

I just watched the keynote at PyCon2007 for the one laptop per child.

Most of the operating system is written in python, so they can have a "view source" button that lets someone view and modify their operating system on the fly. The system is written in python.

They are shipping 10 million laptops this august.

Some fraction of those kids are going to read the system and figure out how to program, from 6 years old.

Whats going to happen with 1-10% of 100 million kids showing up on the internet with their own software development toolchain.
Tags: ,

Link | Leave a comment | Share

Comments {10}

Monument

(no subject)

from: marnanel
date: Feb. 23rd, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Link

I think that will be like something out of Imagine.

Reply | Thread

Diane Trout

(no subject)

from: alienghic
date: Feb. 25th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
Link

Is that the John Lennon song? or something else?

Reply | Parent | Thread

secretslip

(no subject)

from: secretslip
date: Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Link

Which kids get these laptops? 3rd world kids? American kids?

How's Te><as?

Reply | Thread

Diane Trout

(no subject)

from: alienghic
date: Feb. 23rd, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Link

I can safely say that Dallas sidewalks blow.

They're shipping to "developing" nations, some of the countries that have placed orders are: Argentina, Brazil, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Thailand and Uruguay.

Reply | Parent | Thread

no, YOUR mom

(no subject)

from: theinfamousmom
date: Feb. 23rd, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Link

Your girlfriend was writing programs in Basic and Logo by the time she was about six, so I think having kids learn how to do that is a good thing. :)

Reply | Thread

Aluta Corinthiaca Sumptuosa

(no subject)

from: dragonblink
date: Feb. 24th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Link

I was not programming in Logo, because we couldn't afford it. Instead, you managed to find a COBOL cartridge with a book on how to do similar graphicky things. We probably still have that cartridge, though I didn't get very far in the book because I liked BASIC better.

Many programmers I've talked to consider "We couldn't get Logo so my parents gave me COBOL" as grounds for calling CPS. :D

Reply | Parent | Thread

Diane Trout

(no subject)

from: alienghic
date: Feb. 24th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Link

I usually take pity on you for what happens when people who don't understand something are the ones who control the money.

Reply | Parent | Thread

no, YOUR mom

(no subject)

from: theinfamousmom
date: Feb. 24th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Link

We had a Logo cartridge, because that was the language with the turtle. Admittedly, we got that cartridge rather late in the game and I must have gotten it second-hand from someone.

I wonder how many of those cartridges we actually still have, and where on earth they would be? We do still have the C64, dead SID chip and all.

Reply | Parent | Thread

Dilinger

It's hard to say its bad

from: dilinger
date: Feb. 23rd, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Link

I sometimes wonder if we are expect to make our kids more productive at an earlier age? I joke about putting my kids to work when they are 5. But is there something to be said for unstructured play? Imagination?

Do I want my kids to be productive or do I want them to be rich so I can come over and swim in their pool.

I do want them to be happy. :) Or do I want me to be happy? Do I just want to live vicariously through them? Time will tell.

I was going to ask if I can get two for my kids but I supppose I would have to move first.

Reply | Thread

Diane Trout

Re: It's hard to say its bad

from: alienghic
date: Feb. 24th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
Link

The one laptop per child people are hoping that the kids who get these laptops will use them for learning through exploration. So in theory they agree with you... though its not truly clear how these things'll work.

Reply | Parent | Thread