Diamond Age Update

Another step toward the Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer. Tablets in Ethiopia.

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3 Responses to Diamond Age Update

  1. Georg Thomas says:

    Wonderful post.

    I seem to remember, both before going to school (and in school) I was taught that I could not (yet) learn, know, understand what was being taught in school (the higher grades). I believed them. It took me decades to systematically distrust educational authorities and to practice my ability to approach truth independently of human totems of authoritativeness, be they teachers, professors or other ritually empowered experts.

    Eventually it dawned on me, in remarkably large measure, (pre-)educational socialisation and education itself are aimed at incapacitating the human urge and need to learn, so as to subordinate the human mind to concerns of social station and self-importance.

    “Aufklärung ist der Ausgang des Menschen aus seiner selbst verschuldeten Unmündigkeit …”, the full quote in English:

    “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own understanding!”

    Immanuel Kant, Königsberg (Prussia), 30 September 1784

  2. spandrell says:

    Good luck with that.

    May I ask what do they mean when “in 5 months they hacked Android”.

    They finally found the toggle to install unauthorised apps? Or they flashed Clockwork recovery?

  3. Shmuale says:

    Note the name of the tablet OLPC is working on… :)

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