Posted by: crudbasher | July 23, 2010

Laptops hit 35 dollars on the way to Free

I don’t have to make a big deal out of this one as something are fairly obvious.  India is developing a very low cost laptop for use in their schools.  They have a very interesting problem.  They are trying to transition to a high tech economy and so need many skilled workers.

If you trace the trend line of computers, the cost for a given level of computation has been steadily falling for the last 100 years. (see graph)  Eventually not too long from now, computers will be essentially free.  Companies will just give them away in exchange for selling you the services and data you will use.

The phone company in the 60s and 70s used to do this too.  You didn’t pay for the phone, just the service.  This new Indian laptop is just another dot on the graph.  In 10 years time every school kid will come to school with computers that will be an order of magnitude more powerful than the ones we have today, and will be so cheap they will be ubiquitous.  How will we teach them then?  That my friends will be a huge disruption to schools.

Low cost laptops from India = Storm cloud on the horizon. 🙂

  • Dang. Still kind of expensive for India but shows the future.

    tags: technology education laptop india

    • ndia has come up with a 35-dollar touch-screen “laptop” — a computing prototype that it aims to make available to students from elementary schools to universities.
    • The gadget, developed by the elite Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science, is part of a push to give students a better education and technical skills needed to boost India’s economic growth.

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  1. Wow. Now that will be a game changer! Like calculators, my dad loved to tell me how expensive a calculator would have been when he was in school, but now they are on every supply list and are only a few dollars. It is coming! I’m looking forward to the day when touch technology is a few dollars and solar powered 🙂

    • Wow I didn’t even think of that parallel! I had to buy a TI-85 graphing calculator for high school. I though it was so advanced! lol

      These days you can buy an app for a few bucks for your phone. That was just unheard of back then.

      Thanks for pointing that out! Brilliant!!


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