Technology as Economic Equalizer
2 of the tech industries largest champs for using technology to dump misery in the 3rd world took the stage at the electronics Show here on Fri. for the final keynotes of the meeting.
The message the operatives brought to the group at CES was simple : Technology is fundamental to bettering the lives of billions of poor folks thru the planet. Intel Boss man Craig Barrett and Cisco Systems Boss man John Chambers have each received awards and have been praised for their work in helping fight misery across the world.
Barrett took the stage first, where he promoted Intel’s newly made program called Tiny Things Challenge, a partnership the company said this week with microfinancing firmKiva.org and Save the Kids .
And Intel plans to provide up to $300,000 a year for the project.
During the keynote, Barrett provided many examples of how technology, including the new 3rd generation Classmate Computer Netbook, which uses Intel’s low-power Atom chip, can improve the lives of folk living in poor nations. And he encouraged everybody in the crowd to make a contribution to Kiva and Save the Children. “You travel and see the impact that technology and your donations can have on youngsters’s lives,” he revealed. “Whether it is Kiva or Save the Kids , it is a little step in the direction of making the world a better place. But each and each one of us can play a role.”. Intel has enrolled the aid of many celebs to get the word out about the Little Things Challenge. And a couple of the celebrities supporting the effort, joined Barrett on stage, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. Chambers did not need star power when he took the stage later in the afternoon. The suave executive walked among the bunch like a Southern clergyman at a church revival. But his message was less about charity and giving back as an individual, and more about how developing states can implement technology to drag themselves out of misery. He started describing what he considers the “pillars of state competitiveness” which will make developing nations more wealthy.
The pillars are education, infrastructure, invention, the power to identify market transitions, a supportive central authority, and collaboration.
He revealed technology is vital to developing states as it helps drive commercial expansion, create roles and improve productivity. And he announced it might help improve the standard of life of folk, particularly when it comes to medical care. Chambers likened developing nations to companies, and he compared his very own company’s successes in growing its business over time to what states must do to boost the lives of their voters. He claimed that nations, like firms, need to keep an eye open for market transitions. But he also recounted that they have to have a clear vision of where they need to go, and they must be ready to execute on that vision.
What’s more, new ideas have to be able to scale as well as be sustainable. “Emerging states are like companies,” he claimed. “And they can follow the same trail toward success. And catching market transitions determines if a company or a country is successful.”