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    Posted: Nov 11 2012 at 10:45pm
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Ethiopian kids hack Zoom tablets in five months.

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project recently tried a new approach to distributing computers to developing countries, by leaving boxes of tablets in remote Ethiopian villages with no instructions. The Motorola Zoom tablets had a custom English language OS, a solar charger, and tracking software to monitor how they were used.

To the surprise of the organization, not only could the kids who started using the tablets easily figure out how to switch on and use them, but they also learnt to hack into the OS and enable features - amazing especially seeing as most of the kids had never seen a printed word before, let alone in English.

“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.”

OLPC used the experiment to see whether kids can teach themselves to read and write English. Research shows that 100,000,000 kids worldwide don’t even make to to first grade, often because there are no schools or teachers available. For the cost of a tablet, that could all change. Previous OLPC studies have also shown that the kids will also teach their parents to read and write as well.


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Even toddlers know how to turn the damn thing on and use it.
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C'est incroyable!Approve
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Oh wow
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isn't this heartwarming Heart education so easily accessible

this org used to have a buy one, give one program, I bought two and the kids still use it

I hope altruistic, non-profit, non-partisan organizations are the ones distributing the tablets and the content with the sole intent/goal is education for the children's/community betterment

western ideologies don't always translate in the third world and sometimes cause more trouble than good
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Originally posted by Midna Midna wrote:

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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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what did this mother Censoreder just say
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Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

Originally posted by Midna Midna wrote:

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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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what did this mother Censoreder just say


WHEW!  I thought I was the only one who caught that shyt.

Of course, stupid African kids don't have the sense to open the box.  WTF?

I bet this group was headed up by white people, huh?
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Originally posted by TokyoRose TokyoRose wrote:

Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

Originally posted by Midna Midna wrote:

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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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what did this mother Censoreder just say


WHEW!  I thought I was the only one who caught that shyt.

Of course, stupid African kids don't have the sense to open the box.  WTF?

I bet this group was headed up by white people, huh?


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