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Intel’s recent Innovation Conference, in contrast to the somewhat lacking “Intel Vision,” marked a significant leap in innovation. Intel’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, who I believe has the potential to restore Intel’s leadership, did an impressive job in demonstrating the company’s renewed commitment to innovation. Gelsinger, always an interesting, approachable, and knowledgeable CEO, stands out with his rare qualities.
The traditional PC is approaching its twilight, with the potential to evolve into a smartphone derivative. Gelsinger clearly leans towards the “evolve” path, outlining an aggressive roadmap for AI-enhanced PCs and servers in the coming generations. As a result, it might be wise to delay your PC purchase until mid-December, as a new AI-enhanced processor and improved graphics are set to embrace the AI-driven future more comprehensively than current offerings.
This week, let’s delve into the revelations from Intel Innovation 2023, and we’ll conclude with my Product of the Week: HP’s “evolved” Spectre Foldable 3-in-1 PC, a versatile tool suitable for both sales representatives and CEOs, hinting at what lies ahead.
Bridging the Gap with Prosthetics
Recalling the ’70s TV show “The Six Million Dollar Man,” Gelsinger showcased hearing aids integrated with Intel technology that empower the hearing-impaired beyond natural hearing capabilities. These hearing aids provide real-time translation and noise elimination during audio and video conferences. Notably, they automatically transcribe conversations, ensuring users don’t miss any part of the call. This is a glimpse into the future of prosthetics, where enhancements surpass natural abilities, which could be a game-changer for injured veterans and first responders. Similar AI technologies may also find applications in smart glasses and other prosthetic devices.
Eliminating E-Commerce Returns
The issue of fraud has led many retailers to tighten their return policies, particularly in the realm of online clothing purchases, where sizing can be ambiguous. Gelsinger presented an AI-driven kiosk and PC application that accurately matches clothing sizes to individual body types, offering a virtual preview of how the attire fits. This technology promises to make online clothing shopping as convenient as in-store purchases, reducing the hassle of returns.
Gelsinger demonstrated the potential of PC AI technology, specifically a Neural Processing Unit (NPU), to create music and images. The NPU generated a song that sounded like Taylor Swift’s style but was entirely AI-created. Additionally, it transformed descriptions into images, even enabling motion to be added, potentially revolutionizing content creation. While concerns about image misuse exist, this technology could enable users to insert themselves, family members, and friends into personalized movies and shows, albeit with some questions about individual taste.
Adapting to the Future
Intel’s strategic investments in ARM’s IPO and collaboration with RISC-V reflect a forward-thinking approach. These moves position Intel for potential shifts away from traditional PCs toward hybrid devices like Apple’s Mac, which combines PC form factors with ARM processors from smartphones. Intel recognizes the need to pivot with the evolving tech landscape, and Gelsinger seems committed to ensuring Intel’s adaptability.
The AI Revolution
Gelsinger emphasized the AI industry’s “Centrino moment,” expecting AI technology to mature rapidly, akin to the Centrino’s evolution. This parallels a humorous anecdote about an incident involving the Centrino logo from the past. We can only hope that if Gelsinger does brand the NPU, it will have a more appealing appearance.