This has got to be the most ridiculous thing I've heard all week. The idea that the machines we could get as kids 35 years ago (I was one of those kids) were more 'interesting' doesn't make any sense to me. The level of effort required back then to get the machine to do anything interesting was astronomically higher. Today, it's literally 30 minutes from deciding to do it, to having code you built yourself running on your (Android) phone (assuming you've already got a PC and an internet connection, of course, but that's a pretty low bar today). Download Android Studio and an example, push to your phone. Then, the internet alone provides all the resources a kid would need to learn to write their own functionality. A whole universe of possibility at their fingertips. It isn't the machine that makes them want to do it. It's curiosity and drive and wonder. More machines, and different types equals more ways to tweak that curiosity. More chances to light that fire.