Intel Promises Full Representation Of Women And Minorities
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is bringing us a lot of interesting news for everyone, with each tech company enlightening us with their new products or services. However, Intel’s talks at the CES made a pleasant U-turn when Chief Executive of Intel, Brian Krzanich, pledged to spend $300 million to bring to its workforce a complete representation of women and minorities by 2020.
The investment will be made in math-related education and relevant programs, to boost hiring of these groups in the industry. Intel has previously been criticized for its hiring practices, as only a quarter of its workers in 2013 were women.
Eager for achieving this goal, Krzanich claimed that “Intel will lead by example” on this matter, while stressing that the lack of diversity is one problem that every industry must address, and not his company alone.
To fulfill its promises, Intel is to hire executives and pay them on the basis of their performance, with transparency in the whole hiring process.
Basically Intel believes in three magical (technically, of course) forces that can change the future of technology:
- According to Krzanich, computing is shifting from 2D to 3D, which may even mean 3D TVs and games. Then, with the computers becoming increasingly “sensory,” it won’t be soon when they start to understand as well. He then referred to the RealSense technology used by Intel to bring 3D technology into the consumer space.
- Intel believes that the Internet Of Things has been around for years, and said that intelligent objects are growing rapidly and with “sophistication.” He then demonstrated his claims by bringing out a robot whose “face” had a screen showing a human face, and a drone on his wrist, called Nixie, which intelligently flew through obstacles.
- Intel is treading the waters of wearable smart gadgets that can be equipped with sensors, as the company believes that the demand for smartphones is bound to decline, leading to more opportunities for such computerized apparel.
One such technology expected to be released this year is Curie, a button sized computer which can be worn on rings, bags, pendants, or even a jacket button. It will contain a Bluetooth radio and a low-power chip from Intel’s Quark line.
Krzanich said he had learned from Intel’s past mistake of not moving quickly enough to create chips for smartphones and tablets, causing the company to miss out on that market.