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Its primary goal continues to be to transform education, by enabling children in low-income countries to have access to content, media and computer-programming environments. The OLPC project has been the subject of extensive praise and criticism. The OLPC program has its roots in the pedagogy of Seymour Papert, an approach known as constructionism, which espoused providing computers for children at early ages to enable full digital literacy. In 2005, Negroponte spoke at the World Economic Forum, in Davos. 100 laptop, which would enable constructionist learning, would revolutionize education, and would bring the world’s knowledge to all children.
He brought a mock-up and was described as prowling the halls and corridors of Davos to whip up support. Intel was a member of the association for a brief period in 2007. It resigned its membership on January 3, 2008, citing disagreements with requests from OLPC’s founder, Nicholas Negroponte, for Intel to stop dumping their Classmate PCs. In 2008, Negroponte showed some doubt about the exclusive use of open-source software for the project, and made suggestions supporting a move towards adding Windows XP, which Microsoft was in the process of porting over to the XO hardware. Charles Kane became the new President and Chief Operating Officer of the OLPC Association on May 2, 2008. Advertisements for OLPC began streaming on the video streaming website Hulu and others in 2008.
One such ad has John Lennon advertising for OLPC, with an unknown voice actor redubbing over Lennon’s voice. In 2008 OLPC lost significant funding. 5 million which resulted in a restructuring on January 7, 2009. In 2010, OLPC moved its headquarters to Miami. The Miami office currently oversees sales and support for the XO-1. 5 laptop and its successors, including the XO Laptop version 4. Funding from Marvell, finalized in May 2010, revitalized the foundation and enabled the 1Q 2012 completion of the ARM-based XO-1.
75 laptops and initial prototypes of the XO-3 tablets. OLPC is now taking orders for mass production of the XO 4. 0, and has shipped over 2. 5 million XO Laptops to children around the world. Lee Felsenstein, a computer engineer who played a central role in the development of the personal computer, criticized the centralized, top-down design and distribution of the OLPC. The project originally aimed for a price of 100 US dollars.