When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

09 November 2008

...designed for collaborative, practical, self-empowered survival

Mission Statement: To increase the Darwinian fitness of the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-energy, internet-enabled velociraptor with content designed for collaborative, practical, self-empowered survival.
...from the One Velociraptor Per Child (OVPC) Initiative's web site

Oh, man, big chunks of this are just irresistible to quote. I'll stop after this one, or we'll be here all day:
The XD is trained using free and open-source techniques. Our commitment to freedom gives children the opportunity to interact [with] their velociraptors on their own terms. While we do not expect every child to become a trainer, we do not want any ceiling imposed on those children who choose to retrain their dinosaurs. We are using openly documented psychological techniques for much the same reason: transparency is empowering. The children - and their elders - will have the freedom to reshape, reinvent, and reapply their behavioral conditioning skills.
A tip of the enrevanche chapeau to Chap.


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