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  1. Introduction
  2. Craig Barrett
  3. The global knowledge economy
  4. Technology as the fabric of life
  5. Moore's law today
  6. Changes in the microscopic level
  7. Value of education: Focus on feople
  8. Technology opportunity in healthcare
  9. Conclusion
  10. References

The turn of the new century has brought outstanding leaps in the realm of technology. The rapid progression of technological development has changed the way our society operates. Moreover, the influence of technology has taken over our lives as a whole. It is with this premise that indeed technology has changed everything, does the lecture of Craig Barrett, Chairman of Intel Corporation, revolve around. In particular, technology has driven global economic growth and development making it an integral component of our everyday lives. Barrett outlined a number of points which come from the aforementioned observation and realization. Looking at it in high level, Barrett tackled what is going on around the world referencing significant improvements in technology that has changed the face of humanity and of the world. He then moved on to discuss the importance of such technologies highlighting his company's contribution to the evolution of technology.

[...] The rapid shift towards digital photography was not anticipated by Kodak, who chose to stick to the pioneering technology based on paper. Moreover, the music industry has witnessed the shift toward digital and online procurement or download of songs at a low cost. The advent of peer-to-peer file exchanges enabled the ease of file sharing. Had the company Napster anticipated the trend toward this, it should not have been indicted before. Lastly, risks are ever present as technologies continuously evolve over time. [...]

[...] Flash memory has been the platform for storage in various commercial technological gadgets such as MP3 players, USB drives, and digital cameras. There is no question that flash memory is a great non-volatile memory but what's next after this: Phase ?change memory might hold the answer. And so the challenge for memory and storage is a technology that is non-volatile, high density as well as high performance. These traits could be found in phase-change memory. Wicker, Tyson, Lowrey, Hudgens, Pugh and Hunt (1999, p. [...]

[...] Nevertheless, the constraint of economic capability to invest in such technologies is still present. Hence, the reapplication of such technology depends on the level of commitment the benefitting country has on investing with local technology. Brazil is only one of them and thus this was made possible. Despite this, the challenge of actually bringing these to other similar areas is still looming. Intel may have started the program but the maintenance of such technology must be absorbed by the government. [...]

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