A 10-year experiment that started with Indian slum children being given access to computers has produced a new concept for education, reports the BBC. Professor Sugata Mitra first introduced children in a Delhi slum to computers in 1999. He has watched the children teach themselves—and others—how to use the machines and gather information. Follow-up experiments suggest children around the world can learn complex tasks quickly with little supervision. "I think we have stumbled across a self-organizing system with learning as an emergent behavior," he told the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Global conference. Mitra's work began when he was working...

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