Thursday, November 1, 2012

Learning

Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction
"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."
Read the whole thing.

It makes one wonder why we spend so much on schools and teachers.

1 comment:

  1. I love this story! Humans are smart, we just need to let them go.
    General Patton understood men and he said: "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." No wonder so many of his men admired him so.

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