Originally Posted by Alfiejr
there will likely be tablets equivalent to today's Nook Tablet hardware and basic OS for just $100 in two or three years, but lacking an ecosystem. that's where the real "added value" of the future will always be. at some point the cutting edge hardware of one generation always becomes trivial at a fraction of the price eventually. look at the original iPod - just 10 years old!
who would write the software for OLPC? who would localize it for 100 or more differenent global cultures? and adapt it as needed for dialects and subcultures? that's the biggest challenge.
For the moment, leaving geo-politic realities aside, I have always believed that the promise of OTPC/OLPC is much more that just giving each child a computer and a connection to the outside world.
Something like giving the community a means of employment, the members of that community a way to learn to, then make: an honest, dependable, living.
I am going to use Apple here, as an example, because I believe they are best poised to provide a solution.
What if Apple, to qualifiers:
-- offered the iPad, in quantity, at cost
-- offered to setup manufacturing/assembly/distribution, whenever possible, in those communities/countries
-- offered, at cost the supporting hardware (routers, computers, etc.)
-- offered a mechanism to perform app development on the iPad and/or on the support hardware
-- offered education, training, app sales, app distribution through Apple's existing ecosystem
So, to your questions "who would write..." and "who would localize..." and "who would adapt..."...
I would add: who will build... who will distribute... who will train... who will earn a job... who will provide
Hopefully, the answers to these questions are the same individuals and communities that receive the OTPC/OLPC product... and they exploit the opportunities that come with it.