I read with interest in the San Jose Mercury News that Intel and the OLPC [One Laptop Per Child] hopefully are putting their differences aside and may join forces. This would definitely help in both parties being able to obtain their goals of bringing inexpensive laptop systems to kids in underdeveloped countries.

But as usual there are critics of the OLPC programs who having been saying recently that these kids need food and clean water more than they need a laptop system.  Which always makes me wonder why is it no matter what someone does or group tries to do, someone has to pipe up with such statements? The purpose of the OLPC is for educational purposes and not as a food distribution nor water treating organization. There are other world groups that are charged with these issues who are better suited to provding such aid.

One could make an agreement that some children in certain countries could make better use of a AK-47 than a laptop. But of course the critics would state the only reason a group or organization is giving away free AK-47’s is so they can make money on selling the kids ammunition. We would also have the critics wondering why the kids in US cities are not getting free AK-47’s and free ammunition. After all, charity begins at home!

I personally believe what the OLPC foundation is doing is great. This is a EDUCATIONAL effort. Let us put the humanitarian effort on the shoulders of the groups who are responsible for such relief.  I support the efforts of the OLPC and wish them the best of luck in their endeavors. Just my 2 cents.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Mercury news article here.

[tags]OLPC, laptops, children, Intel,[/tags]