At this past weekend's Techonomy Conference 2010 in Lake Tahoe, One Laptop per Child Founder Nicholas Negroponte answered a fundamental question that OLPC critics have fired his way over the years: You can't just hand a kid in a developing world country a laptop and continue on your way, can you?

According to the program's experience in Peru, Negroponte says, "you actually can" do just that. The kids apparently cotton to the new technology pretty easily, and can even use it to teach themselves how to read and write. But, that's not all, he explains: "50 percent of the kids in Peru who use this laptop are teaching their parents how to read and write."

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