Why, in the 21st century when anybody that doesn't want to watch commercials on TV can buy a commercial free subscription service, but it is impossible to buy my nieces and nephews a commercial free computer?
I have money in the bank and have been unable to find a suitable computer for years to give to the kids that will benefit their education. All possible solutions are nothing but internet access to spyware infested pornography, unwanted advertisements and free garbage games, which are also nothing but a lot of advertisements.
While all the Silicon Valley is whining about how there will not be enough qualified technicians in the future to meet their demands.They are clearly all hypocrites who do nothing except shoot themselves in the foot by forcing Grand Theft Auto down the throats of the world's kids, and are primarily concerned with how to deliver ads to buy more useless products which are built to fall apart, are 70% complete at best, and never deliver what they promise,
I don't want your cheap $300 droid devices that come apart just by trying to remove it from the box and is just a vehicle for delivering low grade games that deliver ads and mine your personal data.
Any concerned parent would gladly lay down 2 or 3 grand for a computer that is a serious learning tools packed with all the software a student could ever need and is linked to databases of educational information with NO OUTSIDE LINKS if that computer was GUARANTEED FOR AS LONG AS THE KID IS IN SCHOOL.
I have checked out Edubuntu and it is more of a kitchen sink linux distro with a lot of programs that are all the same, like "Math Tutor" games that do not teach math at all. Instead everything is a quiz, which of course assumes you already know math and are just trying to improve your speed. They teach you nothing except ultimate frustration from trying to learn anything on a computer.
Companies like Google could make a free online college that would be superior to any private institutions we have today instead of throwing a few pennies at organizations like Khan Academy.
I've spent a few years volunteering at Khan Academy and was dismayed to see emails from hundreds and hundreds of qualified educators every year; "Hi, I'm a retired college teacher from Stanford and I would like to know what I can do to help generate courses". I watched 10s of thousands of such emails go unanswered. Khan Academy is a small bottleneck that is simply not equipped to handle the massive amounts of all kinds of data that would be generated from such input.
We need a computer that is tied into a Wiki like educational community over the internet but not connected to the the rest of the commercial driven internet.
This is not a job for Microsoft, Disney or any other organization that only wants to sell you something. Of course, there would need to be some kind of monitoring to prevent takeovers from religious, political, or commercial interests, etc.
I've been giving this a lot of thought and I believe AMD should make their own 3D OS which is aimed primarily at teaching kids programming using games. The OS should be 100% video documented, so any individual or group could build the entire OS themselves from scratch just by watching the videos. Compatibility with every other platform can go right out the window. This computer would only need to speak to it's own kind, much like an internet connected Xbox. Tutorials would be similar to videos but would require much less data to transmit, because it would only need to send the info needed to draw or print to your screen directly instead of all kinds of screen capture video info.
While this could be Open Source and invite other companies to participate, I believe AMD would be the right people to lead the initiative because they have the inside knowledge needed to build a cutting edge 3D OS and that's what the kids would flock to!
From helping answer over 10,000 questions on the Khan Academy programming forums, I believe I have a pretty good finger on the pulse of what today's kids want: They want access to comprehensive game tutorials written by professionals that are complete, as opposed to most programming tutorials which basically teach you how to do Hello World, then throw a 10 page kitchen sink program at you and tell you to go figure it all out yourself. They want to be popular. They want to be able to post and promote their games and get positive feedback. Then once they have something they are proud of, be able to easily post it to the outside world and potentially make some money off of it. Seems fair enough, don't you think? If you can put all that under one roof you will have the ultimate game programming resource, training the game techs of the future with exactly the skills you will need to hire. So this is both philanthropic as well as self serving for AMD. This will most certainly result in getting a lot of (well funded) individuals interested in buying more of your hardware and would more than justify any and all costs in the long run.
I gave Macromedia the idea for Flash, and the U.S. Post Office the idea for the Forever stamp. I have a lot of proprietary ideas for AMD. You should hire me.