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What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they'll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa.

Whoa, indeed. This is the kind of study that will finally lay to rest the old racist idea that Africans have substandard intelligence. Such claims have been made for centuries, based on appalling methods. Here is one published study from 2006, for example, which claimed to have measured the average IQ of Ethiopians as just 63, a number in the "retarded" zone:

If you take an illiterate Ethiopian adult, sit him down at a desk, and have him fill out a paper IQ test, that's the kind of result you will get. It's shameful even to dignify such a travesty with the word "study". Simply shameful.

Or, you can drop a crate full of tablets in a village, with no instructions, and see what happens. In five months the "illiterate" kids will have hacked the operating system. Will they be writing their own apps within a year? I say they will.

Hah. So much for the bigoted racist bastards of the world. It's about time.

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