Bill Gates may have burned up some of his goodwill at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he helped pay for a computer science building that bears his name.
On Wednesday Gates mocked the $100 laptop that MIT is creating for developing countries, according to a Reuters report. The laptop project, which has backing from Google and Red Hat, calls for machines with small screens and a crank to generate their own power. The machines are intended to be shared by numerous users, in a village, for instance.
“If you are going to go have people share the computer, get a broadband connection and have somebody there who can help support the user, geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you’re not sitting there cranking the thing while you’re trying to type,” Gates said at a Microsoft Government Leaders Forum in the Washington, D.C. area.