Sometimes they go too far.

I just watched an interesting video interview with Nicholas Negroponte ( the co founder of MIT media labs and founder of “one laptop per child” ) who made the bold statement that within 5 years “books” would be a thing of the past. Sometimes he goes a little off the deep end. For instance one claim he made was almost valid:

“We put 100 books on each laptop, so if we ship 100 laptops to an african village then they have 10,000 books”. True mathematically.
But then he said something like “…we are shipping these laptops to villages without electricity!” so technically I guess the equation should read:

(100x books) x100 laptops) – electricity = no books.


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