These days, staying connected to the ones you love or work with is as easy as the touch of a button and the swipe of your finger. It’s hard to image a time without cell phones, without Wi-Fi or god forbid Facebook, let alone the internet all together. Today we have more than 5 billion internet-connected devices, with an expected 22 billion by 2020. And we owe it in part to the ingenuity of two young academics at UCLA and Stanford Research Institute (SRI) who back in 1969 connected two computers for the first time, sparking what would lead to today’s age of connectivity as we now know it and changing the way we live and play.
In this past week Covalence (a Swiss company) released its annual Ethical Reputation Ranking of 581 multinational companies. Applied Materials was #77 on this list and technology companies dominated the top of the list with IBM at #1, Intel at #2, Xerox at #9 and Dell at #10.