Entertainment and technology have always gone hand-in-hand. That association is getting even closer this week, now that Intel
Yeah, I don't know what's in the water at Intel's headquarters, either. First the chipmaker buys security-software specialist McAfee
To be fair, Intel is not the first tech giant to reach into the entertainment world. You may have seen TV commercials pushing Hewlett-Packard
Perhaps Intel has actual business reasons for tapping the talents of award-winning musician and producer Will.i.am. The man claims to have a passion for technology, and he clearly knows something about both entertainment and marketing. Maybe Intel needs his advice in order to become cool with the younger generation. After all, since the days of Pentium, microprocessors have become more about marketing than the back-and-forth performance battles between Intel and Advanced Micro Devices
But still, the branding wins of Intel past could be fading. High-school kids today couldn't care less about "Intel Inside," because they were never around to experience that branding campaign in its heyday. "It’s imperative that Intel and our innovations are kept in front of the global youth culture that embraces new devices and new forms of communication and entertainment," says Intel's Chief Marketing Officer, Deborah Conrad.
Is this Intel staying in touch with American youth, or just an aging company forgetting its rightful place in the world? Discuss all the shades of gray in between; the comments box awaits below.