INNOVATE OR DIE
Intel chairman Craig Barrett, left, chats with young Brian McCarthy, third-place finisher in Intel's Science Talent Search competition, during Barrett's opening keynote at last week's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The former Intel CEO kicked off IDF last Tuesday with a keynote emphasizing the need to foster education in math and science to ensure the development of young technology innovators like McCarthy, who won a $50,000 college scholarship from Intel thanks to his work on plastic solar cells.
Barrett, who stepped up to keynote for vacationing Intel CEO Paul Otellini, didn't mince words about the state of education and research in the United States. His take: the current government has failed to commit the money and resources needed to cultivate innovation in high-tech disciplines and compete with European and Asian countries in the years to come.