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OT: Ethiopian kids hack [tablet PCs] in 5 months with zero instruction


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Initial post: Nov 3, 2012 11:43:19 AM PDT
Harmicky says:
This is a really, really cool story if you're interested in this sort of thing. Snippet below. Full story at link on the bottom.

"We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android."

http://dvice.com/archives/2012/10/ethiopian-kids.php

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 11:50:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2012 12:00:17 PM PDT
Flores. says:
Leave them a few years more and Ethiopian kids would take over the world.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 11:54:09 AM PDT
Jawwaad says:
Wow, instead of providing them with food, they're giving them tablets.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 12:00:59 PM PDT
Flores. says:
Knowledge=power=money=food

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 12:06:56 PM PDT
Aku says:
Did they have internet access? It would have been interesting to see if they'd try getting a Dominos to deliver.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 12:19:26 PM PDT
Jawwaad says:
I like that Flores.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 12:23:59 PM PDT
Hmmm...what do they mean by "hacked?" Because I'm pretty sure these kids aren't writing code after five months with no instruction. Not to diminish their hunger for knowledge, but that seems suspect. If they had internet access I can totally see them downloading scripts that they used to hack android. That would make them "script kiddies," but I guess technically that is still a form of hacking. Kids are very adaptable, and there's not going to be any difference between a kid in Ethiopia and a kid in America when it comes to that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 12:27:23 PM PDT
It's an educational iniative. I'm sure other charities help with food but the hope here is to help these kids reach their potential and hopefully learn to thrive on their own. Look at this way, here in the US we spend about $12,000 per student every year on education and the results are not the best.

For $200-$300 each these kids went from having never seen a printed word to teaching themselves English, computer Literacy,critical thinking, problem solving and programming.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 3:56:28 PM PDT
ZiggyIguana says:
First you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the women... what food? Yeah that's nice too.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 4:01:25 PM PDT
I wonder how long it took them to access the porn...

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 4:29:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2012 4:31:05 PM PDT
Fullme7al says:
It's cool that the kids were able to do this but really, "I thought, the kids will play with the boxes!" This person is an idiot and should be ashamed of himself/ferself for saying or even thinking this. It's basically calling these kids stupid and condescending.

"Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch."

Does this person even know what curiosity is?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 4:34:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2012 4:39:16 PM PDT
1#Fetish says:
Agreed, this article was very offensive. The last sentence is completely unnecessary

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 5:15:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2012 5:17:19 PM PDT
I don't know whether to be amazed they were able to do this or disappointed with the makers of the tablets OS that this happened.
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