BBC News writes: "A 10-year experiment that started with Indian slum children being given access to computers has produced a new concept for education, a conference has heard.
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-organising system with learning as an emergent behaviour," he told the TED Global (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference."