If there ever was proof that Nicholas Negroponte wants a laptop project, not an education project, its the slick XO-3 images that Yves Behar and Nicholas Negroponte strutted out in Andy Greenberg's fluff piece "The $75 Future Computer".
How can One Laptop Per Child be an education project, when all we see from it is ever more fantastical laptop designs? We've been wow'ed with their XO-2 and now XO-3 vaporware for the past year while Negroponte crows that:
"We don't necessarily need to build it," Negroponte told Forbes. "We just need to threaten to build it."
But where is this same focus on education? Where is Negroponte proudly announcing new Constructionism advances? Or paradigm-shifting learning software? Or even invoking Seymour Papret's influence?
Gone is all that messy focus on children's learning. Its now all about hardware wet dreams of pixels and flat panels. And yet, even here, OLPC is more irrelevant every day, what with actual $100 laptops now for sale by others.
So excuse me if I get mad at the XO-3 hype. I'm angry at the energy devoted to fantasy XO hardware instead of OLPC educational reality. I miss the original OLPC Mission, where children, not computers, controlled our dreams.