Quotes by: Nicholas Negroponte

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Nicholas Negroponte
Nicholas Negroponte delivering the Forrestal Lecture to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, on April 15, 2009
Born (1943-12-01) December 1, 1943 (age 73)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Academic and computer scientist
Spouse(s) Deborah Porter
Children Dimitri Negroponte

We have to make machines understand what they're doing, or they won't be able to come back and say, 'Why did you do that?'
Nicholas Negroponte
My goal is not selling laptops. OLPC is not in the laptop business. It's in the education business.
Nicholas Negroponte
We all learned how to walk and talk by interacting with our environment, with real goals and rewards.
Nicholas Negroponte
Cell phones were more popular in Cambodia and Uganda because they didn't have phones. We had phones in this country, and we were very late to the table. They're going to adopt e-books much faster than we do.
Nicholas Negroponte
When you meet a head of state, and you say, 'What is your most precious natural resource?' they will not say children at first, and then when you say, 'children,' they will pretty quickly agree with you.
Nicholas Negroponte
Nature is pretty good at networks, self-organizing systems. By contrast, social systems are top-down and hierarchical, from which we draw the basic assumption that organization and order can only come from centralism.
Nicholas Negroponte
Giving the kids a programming environment of any sort, whether it's a tool like Squeak or Scratch or Logo to write programs in a childish way - and I mean that in the most generous sense of the word, that is, playing with and building things - is one of the best ways to learn.
Nicholas Negroponte
We've been working now with computers and education for 30 years, computers in developing countries for 20 years, and trying to make low-cost machines for 10 years. This is not a sudden turn down the road.
Nicholas Negroponte
Learning by doing, peer-to-peer teaching, and computer simulation are all part of the same equation.
Nicholas Negroponte
Everybody agrees that whatever the solutions are to the big problems, they... can never be without some element of education.
Nicholas Negroponte
Even in the developing parts of the world, kids take to computers like fish to water.
Nicholas Negroponte
One of the arguments here at OLPC is, if 100 million kids could have an Asus running Windows, is that better with two million kids running the XO? And the answer is yes. We want kids connected and the largest possible number is the goal.
Nicholas Negroponte
Companies cannot really see beyond their current customer base. They explicitly or implicitly do things to protect their current customers. And the last person to want real change is your customer. This is why most new ideas come from small companies that have nothing to lose.
Nicholas Negroponte
Linux is its own worst enemy: it's splintered, it has different distributions, it's too complex to run for most people.
Nicholas Negroponte
It's hard to propose a $100 laptop for a world community of kids and then not say in the same breath that you're going to depend on the community to make software for it.
Nicholas Negroponte
If you take any world problem, any issue on the planet, the solution to that problem certainly includes education. In education, the roadblock is the laptop.
Nicholas Negroponte
Key is the question of where do new ideas come from. Historically, four places: government labs, big corporations, startup companies, and research universities.
Nicholas Negroponte
Big companies are looking closer term, and even the most technological companies spend less than 1% of sales on research. Startups have suffered the burst bubble.
Nicholas Negroponte
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