Tag Results for children (23)

  1. Requiem for a technology savior?

    Americans have a long history of offering technological solutions to problems in Africa that may or may not exist -- or certainly don't exist in the form that the Americans imagine. From the start, Nicholas Negroponte, the computer visionary and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was handicapped by a glaring lack of knowledge about life in African cities and villages. Worse, he behaved as if his lack of knowledge was a blessing, since he could create a beauitful engineering solution unencumbered with messy "inputs" from the African ground. Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project, however much a …

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  2. CES: robots for girls?

    Now that robot toys have started to take off, their creators are starting to make an effort to differentiate the robots for boys and girls. I will spare you my rants about this philosophy for right now and instead talk about what these "girl robots" are and how they differ from their male-oriented counterparts. While I have no doubt that these toys will be popular with the younger girls I know, it's very interesting to see how these robots' creators are tweaking robotic technology in ways they think will best appeal to both genders. First off is the Femisapien that

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