Especially this week, I’m so grateful to have an awesome partner - a bit ornery - but is one of the fastest coders I’ve ever worked with. I have a much greater appreciation for engineers who can distill down a bunch of ideas into prioritized things to a) try out b) polish or c) deny. And engineers who have open minds when crazy product guys or designers start blathering off.
Easier to try than to talk about it… - Alaric Cole
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.
Technology is becoming the universal language.
This is all sorts of incredible. (And amazing in that terrible and awesome way).