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I agree with your sentiments here. I don't actually believe the $100 PC is even needed.

There seems to be an assumption that there is a digital divide which people in the 3rd World can't survive without the trappings of 1st World life.

The fact is if you are living on $1 US dollar per month that may not be a negative factor for an individual if all you require in life is food, shelter, and prospects of living a better sustained lifestyle.

Of course there are caste levels within society, regardless of nation, where there are those who barely survive. Would giving that individual a $100 computer improve that persons life? I can't answer that for certain but I will say if that was me, i'd sell the $100 computer and by a cow.

Lee Felsenstein

Sorry, I misspelled Mary Lou Jepsen's name (one "p", not two) in the post.

Mary Lou is an incredibly good display designer, and I eagerly look forward to her efforts in this case. She's doing a direct view (not projection) display with some kind of diffraction principle instead of red-blue-green color filters. This will vastly decrease the loss of light coming through, and give a high-density black-and-white display when the diffraction effect is not used.

If anyone can do it, it's Mary Lou. We're all waiting for it.


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  • Based in Silicon Valley, Lee currently does electronic product development, due diligence, expert witness assistance as well as speaking engagements and participation in conferences such as the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conferences. The most unusual places he has spoken were at the Waag in Amsterdam and a squat in Milan, Italy. He was named the 2007 "Editor's Choice" in the Awards for Creative Excellance made by EE Times magazine. He holds 12 patents to date.