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Kilrah_il writes with news that Google has selected winners for Project 10^100, a contest to find the best ideas to change the world. Among the winners is the Khan Academy, which we've discussed previously. Google is "providing $2 million to support the creation of more courses and to enable the Khan Academy to translate their core library into the world’s most widely spoken languages." The other winning projects are: FIRST, an organization fostering math and science education through team competition; Public.Resource.Org, a government transparency effort focused on online access to public documents; Shweeb, a silly-looking method of human-powered urban transit; and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, a center aimed at promoting graduate-level math and science education in Africa.
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Google Announces Project 10^100 Winners

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  • Obligatory (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 24, 2010 @01:59PM (#33689784)

    KHAAAAN!

    • by Spazntwich (208070) on Friday September 24, 2010 @02:12PM (#33689982)

      I didn't believe Google had really gone evil until I learned they're funding the imperial agenda of science fiction villains.

      • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

        by JeanBaptiste (537955)

        I think the worst part about the whole thing is that movie started Kirstie Alley's "acting" career.

    • KhanAcademy is one of my favorite sites. It constantly reminds me of how much I have forgotten while at the same time rewarding me for the time I spend on it. I think every parent should encourage their kids to use the site, hell every parent of a school age child should have this site bookmarked for their own use as well.

    • by Begossi (652163)
      Khan academy should have a Day9 section.
  • Interesting Ideas (Score:5, Insightful)

    by BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) on Friday September 24, 2010 @02:09PM (#33689942) Homepage Journal
    I like most of the projects that the summary mentioned. The Shweeb one is a bit...odd...however. From their website:

    We tend not to like travelling because it’s uncomfortable, there’s not much space, not enough leg room, we spend our time stuck in traffic or on a broken down train... and we are completely powerless to do anything about it.

    The design principles of Shweeb aim to put you, the traveller, back in control of your own space, time and power.

    Their design seems to consist of locking oneself in a suspended bubble and peddling your way to your destination. So....to clarify, they talk about the problems of transportation including not having enough leg room or space, and their solution is for you to lock yourself in a bubble....hmmmmm.

    Honestly, after looking at that project, I have to ask, "Why the hell wouldn't I just walk to my destination? Or ride my bike?"

    • by Megahard (1053072)
      Looks like they got their concept from the human pneumatic tubes on Futurama.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      And the bubbles are on a track. Can you even pass a slower-moving Schweeb?

      • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        You're assuming a lack of parallel tracks. This is not a unique problem. The same issue faces roads -- you can't pass someone if there's only one lane.

        If we're assuming only one track, then passing is not the largest issue -- going in the *other direction* is.

        • by Reece400 (584378)
          Not legally, but in practive people in cars pass people using shoulders and other creative methods if someone is moving slow enough.
          • It's perfectly legal to pass someone on the left in that situation, given you're not in a no passing zone.
            • by Reece400 (584378)
              I was thinking more the people who pass on the right, with their vehicle half in the ditch or the ones that make a left turn from the right turn lane so they don't have to wait in the queue.
      • Re:Interesting Ideas (Score:5, Informative)

        by reverseengineer (580922) on Friday September 24, 2010 @02:24PM (#33690186)

        The Shweeb FAQ [shweeb.com] addresses this question, and the answer is hilarious:

        But what if someone refuses to pedal or goes really slowly?

        Impact-cushioning buffers at each end of the pods allow faster pods to run into slower pods and form a Shweeb 'peloton'. This increases aerodynamic efficiency and, unlike a bicycle peloton, the power produced by those behind can contribute to the overall power of the group, thereby increasing speed and efficiency and removing the need to overtake. Should the rider in front refuse to pedal, the extra effort required by the rider(s) behind is minimal due to the low rolling resistance and single aero-pressure point of the peloton.

        • by iammani (1392285) on Friday September 24, 2010 @02:28PM (#33690260)

          What if a bunch of people refuse to pedal; say 9/10 refuse to pedal, would the system still work?

          • What if the guy in front rides the brakes?
            • by LanMan04 (790429)

              There are no brakes. Seriously, they're not needed.

              • Not on the pods, no. There is the necessary break on the rail at destination.

                • Even that is pretty minimal (but yes, I'm sure it is present). They have a 2 meter increase in height when you go into the terminal station, so it converts most of your speed into potential energy, which is then used by the next person to get started. If you're going too slow to make it up the 2 meter incline, there's a conveyor system that will help pull you up.

          • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

            by Anonymous Coward

            What if a bunch of people refuse to pedal; say 9/10 refuse to pedal, would the system still work?

            The Democrats seem to think so.

          • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

            by Jah-Wren Ryel (80510)

            What if a bunch of people refuse to pedal; say 9/10 refuse to pedal, would the system still work?

            Yep, but not immediately. The people who don't pedal won't be getting enough cardio and will die sooner.
            It's the darwin solution to transportation problems.

          • They get arrested by the shweeb police.

      • No, but I saw it passing by slower moving Segway on "Pathetic Commuting Conference" in Gayland.
      • ...and head-to-tail collisions would be a real problem. And if you are moving in a chain of schweebs, there will be the inevitable lazy guy somewhere in the chain not pedaling or pretending to pedal, so someone else will do all the work. And if the schweeb capsules are publicly shared not privately owned, they'll get really, really gross and sweaty. And if everybody is commuting in one direction and they are a shared public resource, all the schweebs will end up at one end of the line...

        However I'm gu
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          Every 100 pods send an 'autonomous' with a simple electric motor. It clears the track and can serve to 'circulate' and expedite any backup.

          You won't need a passing lane. And as for lazy commuters, take a look at the DC metro. There are enough people in a hurry that if you are lounging on the left of the escalator you will get yelled at to 'stand on the right'. And there are definately enough people in a hurry that they would gladly push anyone in front of them on these Schweeb things.

          That said, every 10

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by MattskEE (925706)

          They address many of these issues in the FAQ if you follow the link:
          >and head-to-tail collisions would be a real problem.
          There are long springy bumpers of some sort to make this impact very gentle. The energy is used to push the first driver ahead, it is not dissipated.

          >And if you are moving in a chain of schweebs, there will be the inevitable lazy guy somewhere in the chain not pedaling or pretending to pedal, so someone else will do all the work.
          This is a problem to an extent. However because of t

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by FooAtWFU (699187)
      The nice thing about something like bicycling is that it's not very capital-intensive (you don't need to build a lot of junk to make it work). The nice thing about something capital-intensive like a monorail is that it's high-speed, high-capacity, and effective.

      It looks like Schweeb has managed to avoid all of these virtues. So, uh, what's left? The bubble might make an okay windshield in the rain, maybe.

      • by TheLink (130905) on Friday September 24, 2010 @02:48PM (#33690492) Journal

        The bubble might make an okay windshield in the rain, maybe.

        I'm living in an equatorial zone, and it sure looks like a mini greenhouse tube to me. Sure they talk about ventilation holes, but I'm not convinced...

        Anyway, overall it looks like a stupid idea. Not sure why it won a prize.

        • by westlake (615356)

          I'm living in an equatorial zone, and it sure looks like a mini greenhouse tube to me. Sure they talk about ventilation holes, but I'm not convinced...

          Transport fantasies should obey certain rules.

          If your encapsulated cyclists can't climb hills and the service is useful only three months out of twelve, you have a carnival ride.

          Go directly to The Fairgrounds, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

             

      • by ooshna (1654125)
        Still keeps it environmentally friendly. Expect to see this popping up in San Fran.
      • Bicycling requires roads, which are very capital-intensive, probably moreso than lightweight steel monorails. Roads probably require more maintenance as well. Stop-and-go city traffic, even at 40mph, is frequently slower than 30mph on average, whereas a decent biker can go 25mph without too much effort. That's WITHOUT the benefit of steel-on-steel wheels, aerodynamic shell, and drafting. It looks to me like the Schweeb system can easily be cheaper and faster than both cars and bikes, for mid-heavy city tran
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by MozeeToby (1163751)

      You should read their faq,

      Honestly, after looking at that project, I have to ask, "Why the hell wouldn't I just walk to my destination? Or ride my bike?"

      On firm, flat ground, a 70kg man requires about 100 watts to walk at 5km/h. The power required to move a Shweeb along a rail at 20km/h is only 33 watts. We rest our case!

      33W is nothing, you could do 33W in a business suit for 20 minutes and not break a sweat. This efficiency also ties into the passing problem, since the top speed is limited to 25km/h for safety reasons and 25km/h can easily be reached with considerably less effort than walking the main lines should always be moving at top speed. There are apparently bumpers on the front and back of each bubble that make hitting even a stationary bubble at that speed safe and comfortable, at which

    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      Honestly, after looking at that project, I have to ask, "Why the hell wouldn't I just walk to my destination? Or ride my bike?"

      Because it's below freezing or above 95F, or raining maybe?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Rakishi (759894)

        So when it's 95F you want to be in a nearly airtight transparent plastic bubble? Seriously? Think about it for a minute.

        • by mcgrew (92797) *

          Well, it had better not be airtight or you'll sufficate. But it would have to be air conditioned or it's a non-starter.

        • by LingNoi (1066278)

          In 35 degrees you could simply have a combination of tinted windows, ventilation and solar powered assistance or air conditioning.

    • I can just imagine a network of these in Phoenix Arizona on a typical +100F day.... they would be plucking heat stroke victims out of the sky. You could make a reality TV show on that alone.... Shweeb Rescue Network.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Monchanger (637670)

      Honestly, after looking at that project, I have to ask, "Why the hell wouldn't I just walk to my destination? Or ride my bike?"

      Because you can't get sustained 70kps with bicycles without shortening the average lifespan.

      So....to clarify, they talk about the problems of transportation including not having enough leg room or space, and their solution is for you to lock yourself in a bubble....hmmmmm.

      Yes- you can stretch your legs in the pod, which you can't in all trains/buses. "Bubble" is misleading- it's not spherical. It's more of a rounded coffin, but far roomier and not claustrophobic. As for locking, yes, it's probably a good idea when suspended in the air moving at that speed, to ensure that you don't fall out.

      There's obviously room for adaptation to mass-market, which might just benefit from, say, I d

    • by ooshna (1654125)
      Did you actually read anything else about it. Hell I would rather be moving at 20km using the same energy as walking at 5km. And besides it doesn't look uncomfortable. Though I do wonder how long it would be before the inside is covered like a bathroom wall.
    • by h4rr4r (612664)

      Because you can go a lot faster this way? And not get killed by a car.

      You must be of very limited vision.

    • by giorgist (1208992)
      "we spend our time stuck in traffic or on a broken down train"

      Or stuck behind that broken down sweeb, or swearing for overshooting your stop and having to go around the "monorail"

      I wonder how one changes path. I can see overtaking will be fun.
      It is interesting that he considers a feature that if you get stuck behind a slow coach, you can just push him along and go faster than if the two where peddling alone. Not sure how he does his physics. I'd go faster if I wasnt stuck behind this dude. On the other hand
    • by Locke2005 (849178)
      Shweeb is faster than walking and safer than riding your bike. It sounds feasible for point-to-point transportation, but doesn't scale well because of a serious flaw: rider traffic is not evenly distributed. Pods will tend to accumulate more on some platforms than others during different times of the day, leading to some platforms overflowing while others run out of pods. Since it is human powered, the only solution is rely on riders to push empty pods around, but then you've got to have every platform capa
  • My seemingly short-sighted imagination doesn't let me see how Shweeb can work in the real world. Is that a good idea to invest expecting serious results?
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by FooAtWFU (699187)
      Is Google doing a disservice to its voters here?

      "Drive innovation in public transportation" was one of the five winning ideas, voted on by the public. Google Inc. subsequently searched the globe and selected Shweeb as the organisation with the most forward looking transportation vision and with the relevant expertise to implement such an idea.

      Seriously. That's the best you can come up with? I agree that it's completely oblivious to reality, if that's what you meant by "the most forward-looking vision".

    • by mrops (927562)

      The idea is so stupid that I had to put my thinking cap on. Why would google pick something soooo stupid.

      Then it occurred to me, make these powered, provide power over these rails, a mechanism to drop on/off the rail queue and it just might work. Even better if you can program drop off point in advance.

      Imagine, getting up in he morning, sitting in your bubble, choose destination and take a nap.

    • Perhaps you could elaborate on what you think the problems are? But first look at their FAQ [shweeb.com]. You'll probably find it addresses whatever problems you think it has.

      Having gone through their website, I think it sounds very clever and entirely practical. Compared to the light rail systems currently used in many cities, it would be less expensive to build and less expensive to operate, would require less land, would be safer, and would get you to your destination faster. What do you see as the practical prob

      • Actually, a problem that's conspicuosly absent is: what happens on a steep downhill? Sure, the gearing is limited to 25 kph but then... if the gearing is fixed, you'll need to push your feet backwards to make it go slower (bad for your knees), or else revolve your feet like crazy. If there's a freewheel of some kind, that problem is solved, but in either case, you may encounter "traffic" at the bottom of hill, at a much bigger delta-v than the thing was designed for.

        • There's an easy solution to that: don't install one of these on a steep hill! As with any form of transportation, you should use it where it's appropriate, and not use it where it isn't. I'm sure we can think of lots of places where this system would work really badly, but that's irrelevant. There are also lots of places it would work well, so that's where you would install it.
  • You really get a feel for what Google thinks of their customers when one of their award winning projects is basically a human Habitrail. The name even sounds a bit like "sheep". Sent from my Android powered GooglePhone, now with more AdMob tracking!
  • by bblount (976092) on Friday September 24, 2010 @02:18PM (#33690106)
    With 10^100 winners it brings a whole new meaning to 'everyone's a winner!'
    • by Rary (566291) *

      With 10^100 winners it brings a whole new meaning to 'everyone's a winner!'

      Woohoo! I won 1.47058824 × 10^93 times!

      • by Kvasio (127200)

        both 10^100 and 1.47058824 × 10^93 seem to be overestimated for number of winners.

        Even if each and every elementary particle in the universe won.

    • by houghi (78078)

      Yeah. Everybody but me.

  • If they can make a nice switching network like they advertise, this can actually alleviate much of the congestion commonly found in urban areas, especially in parts of the world that are much denser. The only problem is scalability - people barely even have room to walk in some cities in China and India, so enlarging everyone's footprint is going to make the problem worse. Also the design seems like it'd only be conducive to only one level of rails, and that already costs a lot of steel. If we want to make
  • by GPLDAN (732269) on Friday September 24, 2010 @02:31PM (#33690290)
    I've submitted my ideas in order of excellence:


    1. Cowboy Neal breeds with Britney Spears, embryo placed on next Voyager spacecraft
    2. Duke Nukem Forever gets released on the iPhone
    3. Cached copies of goatse.cx for all mankind
    4. Raze Hope College to get rid of the world riff-raff
    5. Rename the GPL,the GNU Pubic License, just for the Lulz.
    • by pitchpipe (708843)

      5. Rename the GPL,the GNU Pubic License, just for the Lulz.

      So that would be: GNUPL's Not a Unix Public License?

  • You guys deserve it! Hopefully now you'll continue to be cash flow positive for years to come. Cheers, Some1too
  • This was a great idea and it resulted in mostly good spending. So my question is...

    When is 10^100...2?

    I've no complaints about the method or the results. Concept proven, do it more.
  • Does Apple or Microsoft do stuff like this? How about Oracle? If they don't why not?

    • by Nerdfest (867930) on Friday September 24, 2010 @03:13PM (#33690808)
      Because:

      Microsoft wouldn't know a good idea if it bit them on the ass these days.
      Oracle has contests like this and then they try to figure out ways to sue the winners.
      Steve Jobs thinks everyone else's ideas suck.

      I kid ... mostly.
      • Re:Just curious... (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Zarf (5735) on Friday September 24, 2010 @04:15PM (#33691474) Journal

        I just keep hearing how "evil" Google is becoming... but they do stuff like this when nobody else seems to. These types of projects are the kinds of things an idealistic socialist government would do... yet here's a capitalist organisation doing them.

        • by Jedi Alec (258881)

          Lots of corporations hold / promote / back activities that do not provide an immediate return on the bottom line. If you're looking for tax deductions anyway you might as well go with something that you care about and gets you some good PR in the process.

          Not saying that that makes it any less "good" or idealistic, just that it really isn't all that uncommon.

  • by hey (83763)

    South Africa is doing OK. Its the rest of Africa that needs the help. Ooops.

  • As a former educator (middle and high school Social Studies) and a current researcher of new technology and learning science I get frustrated about the amount of praise given to the Khan Academy.

    I applaud Khan's effort and I'm sure the videos do help some people but I draw the line at it deserving a two million dollar grant for growth. What are these videos other than direct instruction (i.e. the traditional lecture)? We have a lot of evidence that direct instruction is a very inefficient way to learn
    • by h4rr4r (612664)

      Could they not play these in schools? Meaning instead of a real teacher in each class you only need maybe a student who knows the material already?

      • by Nemyst (1383049)
        That already exists in the form of lecturers [wikipedia.org], although they don't need video to do their job. You can bet that if you put a bunch of mildly interested students in a darkly lit room with a video projection, the volume of snorting will soon outmatch the sound coming from the TV.
      • by abramovs (744048)
        Maybe. Current research would point out that unless you gave the students something specific to do with their knowlesdge that they might not actually learn something.

        But your larger point is exactly what I was trying to convey! No one knows how best to use these videos and that is what we should spend money discovering before sending them out to the world.
    • I agree that watching lectures online is not the most effective way to gain a true mastery of knowledge. It's also true that there are some subjects which require access to lab equipment and other physically expensive or rare materials. It's worth looking into ways to make it more effective and it will still be a very long time before people such as hiring managers will be convinced of the credibility of self-taught students. But it IS an excellent way to prime yourself for an upcoming class by seeing some

      • I should add that there is some degree of absurdity in criticizing this material for its inadequacy at teaching people who do not want to learn.

      • by abramovs (744048)

        But it IS an excellent way to prime yourself for an upcoming class by seeing some example problems, or simply to gain an introductory level knowledge through recorded survey-type courses requiring little technical background (iTunes U has a lot of this kind of material).

        No and that's the point. There is nothing to say that this is a good way to introduce anyone to the subject. It might be but we have no way of knowing short of conducting research on the problem.

        This isn't the same as Wikipedia, which is a resource designed to serve as a reference. These videos are meant to teach and must bear the burden of being able to do so.

        No matter who the learner is, there will be some better and some worse ways to learn something. How do you know that this is a good way to

        • Less-than optimal teaching methods are nothing new to any form of education. That is hardly justification to discourage their use in the absence of better methods, especially when the less-than-optimal methods are vastly more accessible and largely accurate. Research into the human brain's powers of cognition, learning, intelligence and emotion are likely to be an ongoing research area in science for the breadth of human civilization. I wouldn't advise waiting for their resolution to begin making those frui

          • I should clarify: "in the absence of better methods available to the student."

          • by abramovs (744048)

            the absence of better methods

            There are plenty of NEW and possibly better methods awaiting funding.

            I wouldn't advise waiting for their resolution to begin making those fruits available for consumption.

            Excellent. Neither would I. How do you feel about scientific research? Do you think it's a good idea or do you hate that it holds things up? I mean, would you like to take a potential drug cure before its trial?

            • Really? These funds aren't your tax dollars. They are Google's private contribution. If congress had decided to give Khan $2m you would have a real position to debate their judgment.

              Research is the expansionist force at the boundaries of science. It's critical to understanding the previously unknown. We're talking about a man making instructional videos about foundational math and science and making it available for free to the world with no strings attached. Your position is that this is somehow /dangerous

              • by maxume (22995)

                His position is somewhat milder than that, he is simply arguing that his opinions about what to do with the money are better than Google's. Of course, given that Google is the one with the money, this argument isn't worth a great deal.

    • by CentTW (1882968) on Friday September 24, 2010 @04:39PM (#33691764)

      As a person who graduated from a major state college with a minor in math about 3 years ago, I really wish I had even one math teacher in my entire schooling experience who was even half as good of a teacher as Salmon Khan. I've gone over his Calculus videos, because I felt my Calculus skills were lacking, as I'd originally been taught by a lady who could just barely speak English. In my opinion, these videos represent a better educational experience than about 95% of the school that I've attended. I've had a few better classes in person, but most "teachers" are barely qualified, in my personal experience.

      Something to understand about Khan's videos, they can be helpful to anyone who can speak English. There are numerous reports of it being a useful tool for students in Africa. Many students have used it to pass the California Algebra I standards test. I suppose there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that it's effective, nobody's done a major study yet.

      About a month ago, Slashdot posted an article [slashdot.org] about a 578 million dollar high school being built. Now you're demonizing Google for giving 1/289th that amount to an institution that will likely reach 50+ times the audience, who are probably more in need of a better education anyway? I don't think that makes any sense at all.

      In the business world, two million dollars is chump change. Angel investors throw a lot more money than that at an idea without scientific evidence of it working. This seems like an excellent opportunity to throw a little money at an interesting education opportunity, and see how it pays off.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by abramovs (744048)
        I'll stay away from your Flame-bait (you really think I demonized them?) and show how you made my point for me.

        This seems like an excellent opportunity to throw a little money at an interesting education opportunity, and see how it pays off.

        Where is anyone talking about see how this 'pays off'? How do you tell if it 'pays off'? Anecdotal evidence is just that and not the substitute for a scientific evaluation. How about we spend some of the money to explore that?

        Now you're demonizing Google for giving 1/289th that amount to an institution that will likely reach 50+ times the audience, who are probably more in need of a better education anyway?

        Don't you think that something that has the potential to reach a much wider audience should be carefully tested before released into the wild?

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by CentTW (1882968)

          This seems like an excellent opportunity to throw a little money at an interesting education opportunity, and see how it pays off.

          Where is anyone talking about see how this 'pays off'? How do you tell if it 'pays off'? Anecdotal evidence is just that and not the substitute for a scientific evaluation. How about we spend some of the money to explore that?

          The payoff is in the improved education of people who choose to use the Khan Academy to supplement their education. If it's popular, someone will likely fund a study to see how effective it is. Google apparently believes in it enough that they're willing to fund the site directly, rather than a study of it.

          Now you're demonizing Google for giving 1/289th that amount to an institution that will likely reach 50+ times the audience, who are probably more in need of a better education anyway?

          Don't you think that something that has the potential to reach a much wider audience should be carefully tested before released into the wild?

          No. While I definitely agree that mandatory class material should be tested, I don't think anyone's talking about making Khan Academy mandatory. Everything on the Internet has the potential to reach

        • Don't you think that something that has the potential to reach a much wider audience should be carefully tested before released into the wild?

          No, I don't think so. As Khan Academy isn't funded by government, its supporters are completely eligible to decide whether it's a worthile prohect or not.

      • Exactly right. I'm currently learning linear algebra from Khan Academy because I never needed to take the classes in school, and the instruction and explanation is a lot better than in 95% of my high school and college courses. For one guy to go to the trouble of making hundreds of videos to teach people this stuff for free is incredible and people should be throwing more than 2 million bucks at him.

      • Exactly right. I'd have killed for something like this while I was in college, it'd have helped immensely, and I most definitely will be using it to brush up on things if/when I go back for grad school.
    • The whole point is that the academy does not adhere to the rules of modern mass schooling. The people using it are self-seeking knowledge for their own reasons, not being force-fed the formula needed to pass this week's federally-mandated test. Each person can proceed at their own pace. That's an efficiency that cannot be realized in the modern classroom. Scientific testing is not necessary at this point, partly because there are proven success stories amongst the site's users and partly because the site is

  • ...to a C programmer, anyway.

    Oh, yeh, Goog doesn't do that any more, I heard.

    That, and they're getting out of the search indexing business.

  • Don't get me wrong, I think promoting education in Africa is all well and good, but if they really wanted to help, the majority of Africans need the three R's (to start with), not higher ed. The majority of the continent is in the bottom 20% of literacy in the world:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_literacy_rate [wikipedia.org]
    • All the NGOs are setting up primary schools*. I for one welcome the support of higher education of technology in Africa. And South-Africa is still not a first world country yet (rather second world), and it actually can have more impact to its neighbours than we can.

      *which usually doesnt translate to better job opportunities or more innovation; and usually there's a serious lack of vocational schools

  • by us7892 (655683)
    A lot of these sound familiar...
  • Kudos to Sal Khan for being one of the awardees. His site is absolutely brilliant and one of the most redeeming ones online.

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