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Intel warns of two-year chip shortage



CEO Pat Gelsinger has warned the worst of the global chip crisis is yet to come, after Intel reported flat revenues for 2021.

The chip shortage, caused by a combination of the pandemic, global supply shortages and poor relations between the US and China is likely to last well into 2023, according to Gelsinger.

The company reported a slight two percent YoY revenue rise for the second quarter of the year, from $18.2 billion to $18.5 billion. It forecasts a 5.4% revenue increase for Q3, as well as a modest full-year growth of one percent to $73.5 billion. 

What is big tech doing?

Intel is set to announce the construction of new semiconductor factories in Europe and the US, after the Biden administration announced $52 billion of infrastructure spending to combat the shortage.

The firm’s recently embarked upon IDM 2.0 strategy combines internal manufacturing capacity with the use of third-party producers, which positions the company to weather the challenges and build a more resilient supply chain.

Roughly 25% of Intel’s revenue is tied up in China, which Gelsinger says has “an insatiable thirst for technology that helps them digitise their economy”.

He said he hoped that Intel could be “as influential as possible” in bringing back good relations between the US and China.

In its roadmap to 2025, Intel also announced a move to smaller, more powerful semiconductors to combat chip shortages

The company aims to move away from naming its chip tech using nanometres – which they originally used to name the small spaces between transistors, but has since become a marketing term.

“It’s a lot of years since we were actually measuring physical dimensions,” says Gelsinger, acknowledging that the “industry has drifted away from how Intel looked at it.”

“It’s a new era of 3D structures and atomic level devices,” he says, citing new architecture and power delivery networks that he hopes will drive the firm forward in the coming decade.

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Amazon employees walk out to protest office policies



Staff at warehousing giant Amazon have walked off the job to protest the company’s return-to-office program

Over 1,900 Amazon employees pledged to protest globally over proposed changes to the company’s climate policy, layoffs and a return-to-office mandate.

The activist group behind the rally is known as Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ), who are seeking a greater voice for employees.

“Our goal is to change Amazon’s cost/benefit analysis on making harmful, unilateral decisions that are having an outsized impact on people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable people,” organisers said.

Over 100 people gathered at the heart of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters on Wednesday. The company said it had not witnessed any other demonstrations.

AECJ said the walkout comes after Amazon made moves “in the wrong direction”.

The company recently has recently overturned a desire to make all Amazon shipments net zero for carbon emissions by 2030.

The company maintains a pledge on climate change.

Amazon spokesperson Brad Glasser told Reuters the company is pursuing a strategy to cut carbon emissions.

“For companies like ours who consume a lot of power, and have very substantial transportation, packaging, and physical building assets, it’ll take time to accomplish.”

AECJ protesters also sought support for the 27,000 staff, who had lost their jobs in recent months —around 9 per cent of Amazon’s global workforce.

The company has also mandated a return-to-office program.

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“I think there is a great risk”: will AI steal our jobs?



Artificial Intelligence has become an increasingly powerful and pervasive force in our modern world.

Artificial intelligence is not a new concept. However, the growing advancements have the potential to revolutionise industries, improve efficiency, and enhance the quality of life.

Along with its promising advancements, artificial intelligence also brings certain risks and challenges that must be acknowledged and addressed.

It has become the focus of lawmakers, who are working towards greater regulation of the sector.

U.S. and European Union officials recently met in Sweden to weigh up the benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

“The AI process is creeping up on us,” said Dr Keith Suter, who is a global futurist.

“You’ve got competition between companies.”

It’s almost like some of us can see this raft that’s heading towards the rapids and a disappearance towards the waterfall, and we’re giving a warning but it’s not being heeded because everybody’s in this race to get down to the river,” Dr Suter said.

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Is the metaverse the future of social network?



U.S. firms like Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Microsoft are going all in on the metaverse. Meanwhile, Chinese companies appear to be taking a more cautious approach amid tighter regulation.

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