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  • Tanarian says
    That is amazing!!
  • Foggy
    Another Neal Stephenson inspired awesomeness :-D
  • Magda K
    Schweet ...
  • dulce
    this is just, wow... amazing
  • dulce
    I have never read so much awesome in my life
  • Stereo Nacht
    Interesting, but the comments have some very good points. For example: are they sure they were used by the children, not their parents? Was the hacking done by a child, or by someone else?
  • Tanarian
    [laughs] Their parents are illiterate too, Stereo!
  • Crysiana
    It's cool but it's not really surprising? Humans are all about tools.
  • Stereo Nacht
    Tanarian: True, but perhaps some have family outside the villages who are not illiterate...
  • Zanya
    Some of the replies to that article are rather startling. It just goes to show that no matter what you do, someone will find fault with it, but good looks to these researchers. I always learned more on my own.
  • Tanarian says
    I think it's simply because there's not programs translated into every single language yet. English has become the language of tech for the most part.
  • natsubutt
    This is like super cool, but I am a little worried about the implications that the children were basically involved in an experiment without consent from anyone which is an ethical problem. If anyone got hurt
  • natsubutt
    during this sort of thing, it could be bad, especially if they didn't know anything about them and used them in a way that could cause electric issues.
  • WinterTigress
    That sort of thing is only really an issue in the English Speaking world (North Am, UK, Oz, NZ) - there are all kinds of tests done in Europe without knowledge or consent.
  • WinterTigress
    Example: study of correlation between migraines and a hole in the heart. Plug the hole, migraines get better. Except there were some unsuspecting controls who thought they had the operation and didn't.
  • natsubutt
    Doesn't really make it okay whether it's done or not, though.
  • OhNo!NotHer!
    Unauthorized testing used to happen more often. Funny story: When the Vanderbilt charity clinic testing story broke, one of the test subjects had grown up to be a doctor and was actually teaching at Vanderbilt.
  • WinterTigress
    My point is, that may not be a universal attitude.
  • OhNo!NotHer!
    Reading the story, Mama said there were lots of times that they got random "treats" at school, such as apple juice or cookies. I told her "This explains a great deal."
  • OhNo!NotHer!
    Later, I go home and repeat the story to Himself. He says "It explains more than you think."
  • WinterTigress
    Yes. The US (and the rest of us following after) have become a nation of sue-ers. People curtail certain activities when they have a reasonable expectation of being sued.
  • OhNo!NotHer!
    I see the village tablets less as an experiment and more as a self-guided education.
  • Corgi
    I understand the ethical concerns, but would the experimenters been at fault if one of the children decided to use a tablet to whack others over the head? It's hard to draw the line between reasonable concern +
  • Corgi
    ...micro-management sometimes.
  • dkronfeld
    I cannot fathom that there is anyone who might think that this is not ethical in some way.
  • WinterTigress
    Oh, you mention experimenting on children (even when it's beneficial and harmless) and some people go ballistic. People lose IQ points over "children!" sometimes.
  • Kamilahhauptmann
    Though I fall firmly on the side of BOOKS/LEARNING FOR TEH CHILLUNS, raising the ethical question is important, and worthy of discussion.
  • Meg
    appreciates everyone's courtesy in this plurk, indeed!
  • Foggy
    These kids live in a very dangerous world, risk of dying as a child is huge. Life expectancy is not really great. Those tablets can actually change that for the better. This is the world they will be living in.
  • Foggy
    Best we give them the best shot they can have to live in it.

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