"Sadly, most educational systems that recognise the importance of computers provide a roomful of desktops to which a child might go for a few hours a week," said Professor Negroponte.
"But computing should be like a pencil: you have your own (versus community pencils) and use it for all kinds of purposes related to school, home, work and play.
"This model of computing calls for a lightweight, full-screen, full-colour, fully-connected laptop.
"To achieve this, the MIT Media Lab has been developing a $100 laptop which can be provided on a very large scale worldwide. The goal is to have one laptop per child in the poorest and most remote regions of the world."