Intel Opts For Profits Over Computer Education

Intel and OLPC finally ended their relationship to working together to provide low cost computing for children the world over, especially those in not so privileged communities. Although I’m a full blown capitalist, I find it painfully astonishing that Intel chose to further their own business gains by competing, rather than contributing to a cause that they weren’t forced to participate in the first place.

Believe it or not, there are some causes which matter more than a single organization’s bottom line. In the case of OLPC, it’s to provide for an affordable computing device that can be used by children.

Mind you that although the price of the OLPC XO is low, it’s not a cheap device! It has full blown functionalities of a typical notebook computer which is fine-tuned towards the needs of children.

Sometimes it’s things like these that makes me wonder is the computing industry that bad to the point that such a gigantic business like Intel finds it worth competing in such a low profit margin segment? What’s next for Intel; truck accessories?

2 responses to “Intel Opts For Profits Over Computer Education”.

  1. Dabido Says:

    It might be that Intel only joined the OLPC thing as a publicity stunt / Marketing exercise to begin with knowing full well that it would never get completely off the ground. Thus, they had an out with, ‘Well, we tried, but looks like it was not affordable after all’.

  2. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Personally, I don’t care for the reason why they joined OLPC in the first place. But to use it as a springboard to push their own (more expensive) competing product smells like “infiltrate and sabotage” to me.