Back in 2005, The New York Times called it “The laptop that will save the world”. In early 2012, this durable, new super-low cost tablet, the XO-3, will debut with a promised price-point of $75 for the nonprofit called One Laptop Per Child.
“A child can do anything to this software and never break it,” explains Walter Bender, a co-founder of OLPC and a former director of the MIT Media Lab that created Sugar, the XO’s user interface. “Why? When you make mistakes you’re learning. When you don’t, you’re being incremental. Yet if penalty is high for making mistakes, you stop taking risks, you stop learning. We try to give kids a safe place to do trial and error, to go out there and do it in a way they can’t screw up.” Continue Reading →