The Longest Now

Cyber dolls not taking over yet
Wednesday February 09th 2005, 1:42 pm
Filed under: popular demand

Just reading an old prediction by Nick Negroponte, the savant and seer currently pushing forward a $100 laptop initiative
A fascinating read, about how he was sure the most active users of the
internet today would be appliances and gadgets and toys… also a
reminder that as a society of thinking creatures, we’re far from the
centered and peaceful self-awarenesss that would lead to sober
predictions about the future.  Danger, Will Robinson…

For instance: if you really want to make $100 machines for the world,
design systems with easily-separable, interchangable parts.  Don’t
rely on your own vision of a hundred million machines to provide
spares for people; assume they will have their own spares.  You
don’t have to make ‘laptops’ with catch closures on the monitors (which
break) and monitors tightly integrated with the body (with hinges that
break) and embedded keyboards (which get crumbs in them and eventually
need to be replaced).  There’s nothing magical, or even
attractive, about the standard modern image of a Lap-Top
computer.  Just make the whole collection small and light, make it
fit into a cloth bag, and make it easy for people to get by with the
most prevalent spare parts.

Cyber dolls not taking over yet …

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better yet, the peripheries like keyboards and monitors could be rented or borrowed anywhere, and you only carry around the core machine.

Comment by Tuyen 02.09.05 @ 9:23 pm

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