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Blog Past: Massputers, Redux

April 5th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I wrote this series about five years ago:

Affordable $100-200 computers is just one dimension for attracting the next users of computing. What is needed is a fundamental reinvention of the computing architecture and business model. The IT majors are reluctant to do this because it threatens to be disruptive to their business. And that is where the real opportunity lies for innovators.

There is no doubting the need for computers in emerging markets. A digital infrastructure can help these nations address the pain points that plague personal life and business interactions better. For example, if India needs to ensure education for the 200 million youth of the country, computers can complement teachers to help students learn better. Computers can make businesses into real-time enterprises and thus make supply chains more efficient. Computing can help governments interact better with citizens. Even entertainment can be transformed with the availability of Massputers.

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  • 1 Vishal // Apr 6, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Rajesh -I think affordable computers are round the corner and we have reached the tipping point.One can see affordable netbooks.

    What is required is to really work on a model for education using the cheap hardware and
    knowledge on the internet.

    What about a online school where one can join
    any time. If a student clears the examination he gets paid for it.

    Vishal

  • 2 kasi // Apr 6, 2009 at 10:45 am

    In line with 1MBPS connection promised by both BJP and Congress…. MassPuter will become a reality soon…Or at the least 1-million more browsing centers will be a reality (with massputers).

    @vishal hacked education is one line of thinking going around … completely avoiding college and university and degree etc., College education is a big burden for parents in U.S. so their thinking on hack education may to some extent justified….but in india college education is relatively cheap….and i am not sure India is prepared for hack-education.

  • 3 Something to do, wot? « Thought Shop // Mar 7, 2010 at 2:02 am

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