I haven't seen this posted here yet. A refreshing break from politics...
Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction
This experiment began earlier this year, and what OLPC really want to see is whether these kids can learn to read and write in English.This is absolutely fascinating to me. It reminds me of hacking into my teacher's computer in High School in the late '80s in my computer skills class. I had absolutely no knowledge of computers (we were using Macintosh computers). After 2 weeks of classes, I had his system hacked in less than 1 hour when I made the attempt."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."
Kids can learn quickly.