Monday, October 8, 2007

background material for presenting the XO at the TU

Well, here is the full "did you know" video:

I do not agree with many of the said things but I do agree that we did have a tremendous exponential growth in the last x*100 years. I do not know when this will stop or if it will continue for a long time.
So takling this information explosion is one of the main challenges. How to do it?
Well, one thing is the brilliant capability of the human mind to work with abstractions. I consider mathematicians and physicists to be quite good at that. But creativity seems to be equally important.
Talking about creativity! I was very astonished by Sir Ken Robinson's presentation at TED: wow!

And when we listen to Richard Feynmann talk about his own upbringing and education, we can actually grasp how the curiosity of children is working and how it is also kept alive! I highly recommend this video.

And finally when we listen to Hans Rosling who spent years in Africa we find out that actually the world is not just "poor developing countries" versus the "rich west" but that there is a new huge middle class worldwide. If this middle class now gets access to very good education, then a lot can and will change.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

shared activities video

I had some time (well, I actually had not :) to play around with the new 535 XO firmware. So I tested the shared activity paradigma. I believe this is quite crucial. Here is a small video showing how children will be able to collaborate. Please note that I was only typing on the left laptop.

Same with the "chat" activity. As you might have guessed, this is a regular chat program not unlike iChat. Nice thing: thanks to the mesh you can automatically invite whoever is close to you. In the picture above the left XO has a chat with the right one.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

OLPC Austria grassroot community works

Thanks to Wayan from Olpcnews is a big site for reading about the OLPC project - although not to be confused with the official OLPC news feed. Sometimes OLPCNews is very critical to the whole project but - on the other hand - that is also what it takes - constructive criticism is important. Wayan took my article and posted it. Thanks! I am very curious how the solar mesh node develops.
Meanwhile we founded the OLPC local austrian grassroots developer community. Bertl from bitfrost fame is part of it and others are gearing up and experimenting with the XOs we got from OLPC. Stay tuned for results.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

XOs are on their way!

The XOs were sent off yesterday. Curious how the real thing actually looks and feels like. So far I have only been using the qemu simulator.