1. Oct 31, 2012 6:15am

    Ethiopian Kids Hack Their OLPC Tablets in 5 Months, With No Help

    By Jamie Condliffe

    Give a thousand Ethiopian kids - who have never seen a printed word let alone played around with expensive consumer technology - a tablet, and what happens? They hack it. Obviously.

    The amazing One Laptop Per Child scheme has been offering up Motorola Xoom tablets to kids in developing countries for a while. OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte explained how they’re rolled out, and the impact they have, while he was at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference last week:

    "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."

    That, that is just sensational. To go from never having seen a written word - remember, the towns these kids grow up in have no street signs, no newspapers, no food packaging - to hacking an Android tablet in five months shows how inquisitive and adaptable the human brain is. And it makes me so very, very happy. [Technology Review via Dvice]

    Image by OLPC

     
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    Because Africans invented civilization, dummy. Jesus.
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    Obviously! ;-)
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    Okay so. These kids are brilliant - I certainly can’t get my camera to work in Android on my tablet. That point aside,...
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    Not sure why they did the experiment...but if it makes kids, without chances...
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    this is just so fucking moving and inspirational. i’ve spent the last hour looking for related stuff, and finding...
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    I really doubt that they’ve...street signs or are so isolated that they dont know whats...
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