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Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction

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What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? "We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android."

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One more proof that intelligence should never be c... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 1:23:40 PM
Thanks, Paul!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 5:16:25 PM
RE "One more proof that intelligence should never ... by mrk * on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 5:54:23 PM
it has occurred to me that we could have saved a w... by molly cruz on Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 2:04:59 PM
that they will probably do that anyway! and thank ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 3:41:07 PM
What a wonderful concept you have shared! ... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 5:24:08 PM
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