Re: a to-do list for the next century

From: S.J. Van Sickle (
Date: Thu Mar 23 2000 - 08:56:51 MST

On Wed, 22 Mar 2000, d.brin wrote:

> Hello friends, this is a quick query for some of the most imaginative
> and tech savvy people I know.
> *What bold endeavors do you wish you could see funded in the next

Worldwide education.

Michael Saylor is heading the right way with his on-line university, but
seems a little over ambitious when huge numbers of people still can't even

What is needed is a basic general educational curriculum in multiple
languages under a GPL type license imbedded in a rugged, self powered
slate computer cheap enough to give away. Not strictly necessary but
perhaps just as revolutionary would be cheap wireless conectivity for the

Remember that education is really about more than just skills. Whoever is
first up with something like this has the opportunity to influence and
shape the values of an entire generation worldwide. This is a power I
would like to see prempted by the Good Guys while they still can. Such a
fundementally subversive and revolutionary project could be a nightmare in
the wrong hands..

steve van sickle

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