Re: Teach the hungry (Was: Hollywood Economics)

James (
Wed, 2 Sep 1998 21:12:54 +1000 (EST)

On Tue, 1 Sep 1998, Max M wrote:

> Free food and other material products will destroy their (farming) economy
> as indeed it has done in several of the undeveloped countries. There simply
> is no incetive to work for food if you can get it for free. Thus the food
> crisis goes on and on. Therefore it will be best in the long run to keep the
> material aid to a minimum. Not counting disaster aid off course.
> What does bring wealth though is educated labor. Therefore the best thing we
> can do to help these countries is to educate them self.
> A technological way to do this, and a good idea for an extropian bussines,
> would be to make a "hardware browser" for the internet. A touch sensitive A4
> screen that has the functionality of one of top browsers. If it then ran on
> solar power and connected to the net via sattelite it should be useable
> everywhere.

This is one of the best ideas I've heard for a while. Information is the only thing we can give third world coutries that will not reduce the incentive to be self sufficient. This self-contained browser sounds like an excellent system of delivery.

James -
"Where Time Becomes A Loop"