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Kano: The Computer Anyone Can Build

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Kano: The Computer Anyone Can Build

Introducing Kano, a computer that anyone can build.

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Having recently gained an incredible $1,000,000 on their Kickstarter, Kano is a work of genius and inspiration. Created by eight people from six different countries, Kano was originally inspired by Micah, a seven-year-old who told his cousin Alex that he would like to build his own computer. He had just two rules: he wanted the product to be as fun and simple as Lego and he didn’t want to be taught how to build it. Alex and his friend Yonatan completed Micah’s request by April 2013, just two months later, creating 200 kits in their apartment. By September the team was complete and eager to take Kano worldwide. They have already supported and sponsored numerous children and projects, encouraging people to use their Kano kits to create and build whatever they like. But they needed a little extra funding.

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Built using a Raspberry Pi, Kano is open-source and so you can – and are encouraged to – build pretty much anything. Computers, games, music, video, speakers and more have already been built using the kit. They can be used at home for fun and experimenting, in schools, companies and anywhere else where curious minds abound.

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The team are clearly very grateful for all the support they have received, they even offer multiple rewards for different amounts of pledges. For $9 you will receive early downloads of their books and software before their full release. $19 gets you stickers and a T-Shirt, $49 a Kano Keyboard. For $99 you will receive the Kano kit itself, shipping is free worldwide. You can also pledge $229 and receive one Kano kit and pledge another to anyone you like; a child who can’t afford to purchase one themselves for example. A massive $999 ensures you the Kano Lab; which consists of ten Kano kits and various other goodies.

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Although they have well exceeded their goal of $100,000 and now have over $1 million, their endeavours don’t end there. At $1.5 million they will be able to create Kano on Mobile, and at $2 million The Kano Robot. You read that correctly: a robot.

If you would like to pledge towards this incredible invention, you can donate on their Kickstarter here.

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

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Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

Does technology have all the answers?

This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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Creating technological solutions transparently

This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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Technology as the connecting tool

Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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