Learning a language in isolation

TED is a website that often has awesome online lectures - with a technological focus.

This particular lecture is about dropping an English language computer connected to the Internet into random villages around India and watching the results.

I'm interested in education and language learning - so I find this extremely interesting.

*The children, without any prior exposure to English, were able to gain a vocabulary and use the words with the correct meaning.
*No teachers were required.

I think the interesting question is why? Or why the children are interested in the computer - because it's mysterious?
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