Negroponte Prediction: Swallow Pill to Know English

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Dec. 03 (Bloomberg) -- Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman and Co-Founder of Media LAB, discusses the success of ‘one laptop per child’ and predictions for the course of technology. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's “The Pulse.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Forum and this is the 20th anniversary of the one in israel.

I have come for that occasion.

This is to provide wisdom for young entrepreneurs?

Giving the enterprise forum and the people in israel who have been entrepreneurs -- there are strings to your --. tell us what you are most known for.

I am no longer directly involved, but there are about 3 million in exactly the places you want them.

When we did it seven or eight years ago, it was at the time considered crazy.

Today, nobody argues against it.

The only discussion that people have is can you afford it.

Is one laptop per child affordable?

It depends on the country.

Uruguay did every child in the country and did that for years ago.

Every child from the age of five to 18 as a connected laptop, wi- fi at school, connectivity at home.

Peru has about a million.

Ethiopia is going in that direction.

It depends on which country, head of state, the momentum, really.

Would've been more appropriate to have one tablet per child, smartphone, google glass?

Technology changes.

The tablet versus the laptop is an interesting transition.

There's a certain thing about screen size which has to do with the size of your hands if you are touching the screen, the size of reading.

Kids can do things on phones, but ideally you want a tablet or laptop.

As long as you are connected and have powerful enough machines, as long as it is yours, one laptop per child.

With the experience of having done this, and i am looking at what worked and what did not work, we started an experiment where we dropped off tablets in villages with no electricity, but with no instructions and no people.

Just left the tablets to see if the children would figure out what's inside, and within five days, they were using 50 apps per child.

Within two weeks they were singing abc songs.

Within six months, they hacked android.

When we see that in a village where there were no words in the village, there was no electricity, no telephone connection, and yet the children were able to go that far on their own.

What we're trying to do is leverage that and see if we can create a technology that when dropped into villages like that, basically creates electricity.

You are also credited with predicting the likes of the readers and touchscreen computers and the like.

What are you seeing in the next 10, 20, 50 years if you look into your crystal ball?

To review the picks -- the predictions at the time i made them, they were extrapolations.

They were things we were doing.

Today, it is probably not in the telecommunications computer space.

It is probably more where biotech, silicone, in more general the biotech side of the world.

If i had to look forward 20 years, you should be able to swallow a pill and no english after you have done that.

That is the kind of thing that 20 years from now, one of us can figure out.

You also predicted the end of nationalism.

I hope that will happen to, but this is not the country to talk about that in.

Thank you for joining me.

For now, back to you.

Interesting interview.

Asked him if he is ever in london if he could stop by.

Let's focus on the present and focus on fashion.

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