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Raj Reddy was fed up debating the problem of the digital divide between the rich and the poor and decided to do something about it. Reddy, a pioneering researcher in artificial intelligence and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, plans to unveil his project this year. It is called the PCtvt, a US$250 personal computer that is wirelessly networked for the four billion people around the world who live on less than $2,000 a year.
What a pity that Raj Reddy has chosen to work with Microsoft. It (Microsoft) has been convicted of a multitude of anti-competitive and monopolistic practices. Due to those practices it has been able to accumulate vast profits by over charging for its products, including ripping out outrageous profits from ordinary people in both the developed and developing world.
Can I suggest that Mr Reddy rethink his partnership with Microsoft. All he will be doing is perpetuating yet another extension of its insatiable desire to lock-in as many as possible to its closed standards.