Intel CEO: Need To Speed Gains For 'Next Billion People'
Otellini Demonstrates Education Notebook PC for Developing Nations;
Unveils Plan with Mexico to Provide 300,000 Low-Cost PCs to Teachers
AUSTIN, Texas, May 3, 2006 - The multiplying effects of computers, the Internet and education can double the reach of technology's benefits worldwide in the next 5 years, Intel Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini said today in a speech at the World Congress on Information Technology.
"We're close to achieving Andy Grove's vision of a billion connected PCs - and the economic, social and personal gains that come with them," said Otellini, referring to the Intel co-founder and former CEO. "Our job now is to harness the combined potential of full-featured technology, high-speed connectivity and effective education to speed the gains for the next billion people - and the next billion after that."
At the event in Austin, Otellini also gave the first public demonstration of a low-cost notebook PC for students in developing nations and announced a plan with the Mexican government to provide PCs to 300,000 teachers.
In his speech, Otellini said that the predictions by Grove and of another co-founder of Intel, Gordon Moore, form a backdrop for the new World Ahead Program from Intel. The program's 5-year goals are to extend wireless broadband PC access to the world's next billion users while training 10 million more teachers on the effective use of technology in education, with the possibility of reaching another 1 billion students.
"Moore's Law and volume economics made PC technology broadly accessible, and Andy understood the tremendous additive force of the Internet," said Otellini. "But this power is still out of reach for most of the world's people. The World Ahead Program, which integrates Intel's efforts in accessibility, connectivity and education, seeks a multiplier effect to accelerate the next wave of gains."
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