John McCann

3.5 billion participants

In Technology on March 6, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Kevin Maney’s USA Today column tells us about efforts to develop low cost laptop computers such as the $100 laptop being developed by the One Laptop per Child project. Intel has entered the fray with its Classmate laptop

“The Classmate features a 7-inch color screen, Wi-Fi and a full keyboard. It runs Windows XP, has four hours of battery life and uses solid-state flash drives of 1 gigabyte to 2 gigabytes, instead of your typical hard drive.”

The cost of the Classmate is expected to drop to $200 by the end of the year.

And these are only two of several other projects aimed at dramtically expanding the market for networked computers.

“It’s all part of a trend. A swarm of tech companies is moving to sell lower-cost products to people in developing nations. AMD has a program called 50×15 — an attempt to spur development of products that would help get 50% of the world on the Net by 2015.”

According to an article in Wikipedia, the world’s population in 2015 is expected to be around 7 billion, up from 6.6 billion this year. If 50% of those folks are on the net, then we will have about 3.5 billion potential participants.

The dawn will be over by then and the Participation Age will be in full bloom.

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  1. Tahnks for posting

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