This story is quite old (Oct 2012) but it’s definitely a good one. Last year, a charitable organization called One Laptop Per Child dropped off boxes of Android Tablets to two remote Ethiopian villages with absolutely no instructions. Their goal was to see how the preloaded applications, ebooks, movies, etc could help the Ethiopians learn. Come to find out their performance far surpassed expectations. After several months, not only had kids in both villages learned the alphabet song, were spelling words, and could perform numerous tasks on the device, the kids actually found how to hack the device. The tablets were formatted in a way to prevent any customization and the camera function was also disabled. The kids in the villages figured out how to bypass those security measures and customize each device to their own liking. They also figured out how to use the device’s camera features. To me, this is perfect evidence for the fact that its natural human instinct to ultimately utilize the tools that we have at our disposal. When given something that is limited, we instinctively do everything we can to make that tool as useful and beneficial as possible. I believe that this situation helps demonstrate that hacking is potentially a natural condition that all of us on some level want to achieve. Hacking in many instances helps us to truly utilize the technology that is given to us.