OLPCs $100 laptop was going to save the world. Where is it now?
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It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.
In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negropontes new nonprofit One Laptop Per Child, dubbed the green machine or simply the $100 laptop. And it was like nothing that Negropontes audience at either his panel at a UN-sponsored tech summit in Tunis, or around the globe had ever seen.
After UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan offered a glowing introduction, Negroponte explained exactly why. The $100 laptop would have all the features of an ordinary computer but require so little electricity that a child could power it…