Here's a post that's been in my Drafts folder for nearly a year [3/26/2002 11:22:14 PM] and I'm finally getting around to posting it.
Jay Cross and the gang at internettime.com point to:
From JOHO, covering Negroponte's presentation at TED12:
Nicholas Negroponte wrapped up the sessions by predicting that in 1-2 years, we will see the development of a "viral telecommunications network" based on 802.11 wirelessness, a single installation serving an entire neighborhood. This will go beyond merely enabling multiple connections to the Internet, Negroponte predicts, resulting in a peer-to-peer network that parallels the current Internet topography. Further, he suggests that establishing wireless networks in areas of strife will enable children to reach past their parents' stupidity.
He connected this with our culture's odd idea that at the age of 5 children should stop learning by playing and start learning by facing forward and being taught. Give kids a connected computer and they will teach themselves and others by exploring the Internet. Pointing to his experience building schools in rural Cambodia, he said: "People say it's not sufficient to give kids computers and connectivity. You know what? It is."
Damn good stuff.
Couldn't agree more Jay, damn good stuff indeed.