In reading Ellen Wallace's coverage of the International Club of Geneva, where she excitedly reports that Nicholas Negroponte yet again hinted at a commercial release of the OLPC XO, this time in September 2007 in a "buy three get one" scheme, I was struck by a more important nugget of One Laptop Per Child news.
Ms. Wallace reports that Negroponte revealed that John Negroponte, Nick's brother, was the architect of the Intel + OLPC agreement:
The OLPC and Intel relationship could, until last week, have been best described as combative, a point Negroponte underlined. He credits his older brother John, a diplomat who is currently US deputy secretary of state, with pointing out that it makes more sense to work together.Hmm, now that is the second time the big brother has helped out Nicholas Negroponte in times of need. As we learned in April, John helped Nick learn about USA state governors:
John negotiated an agreement but as for what it means, Nicholas Negroponte would only say, "We have the marriage certificate but we're like a couple that hasn't learned to live together yet."
"The first time it happened to me, I got email that said, "I'd like to buy a OLPC for my state, signed Jeb. I said, "This can't be real!" At the time, John, my older brother, was Director of National Intelligence. I said, "Is this real?" It was real. So I apologized to to Jeb; I said, "I apologize to the governor; I thought maybe this was spam."And like when we learned about the OLPC Peru mystery wrapped in an enigma, John Negroponte's association with One Laptop Per Child will only spark more OLPC + CIA conspiracy theories even if John now works for the US State Department.
Hmm.. now a One Laptop Per Warfighter idea doesn't seem so far-fetched. But this time, with big brother at the State Department, we could start seeing calls for "OLPD" - One Laptop Per Diplomat.