The executive chairman of AMD, Hector Ruiz is devoted to his company's 50x15 initiative, which seeks to give 50 percent of the world's population access to the internet by 2015.

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Hector Ruiz is executive chairman of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Born in Piedras Negras, Mexico, Dr. Ruiz is passionate about the role of technology in education and empowering the underprivileged. At the 2004 World Economic Forum in Davos, he announced AMD's 50x15 Initiative, a commitment to provide 50 percent of the world's population with basic Internet access by the year 2015.

Ruiz contends that his company's 50x15 initiative is "not only possible; it is perhaps the most important transformational event we will experience in our lifetime."

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“Technology is only as powerful as it is accessible. The IT industry has nearly unlimited potential to educate the world by connecting the world.” — Hector Ruiz

Hector Ruiz’s TED talks

Hector Ruiz on the TED Blog

The power to connect the world: Hector Ruiz on TED.com

May 1, 2008

Hector Ruiz talks about his commitment to giving the world access to the Internet. Ruiz is the CEO of AMD, and through AMD’s 50×15 initiative, Ruiz and his company hope to connect 50 percent of the world to the Internet by 2015. Sharing his own extraordinary life story, Ruiz makes the case that access to […]

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Quotes from Hector Ruiz

For civilization to make progress, each generation has to do better than the last one.
Hector Ruiz
TEDGlobal 2007 • 246K views May 2008
Inspiring, Informative
It’s the most pressure you can put on a child, to say: ‘We trust you that you will always do the right thing.’
Hector Ruiz
TEDGlobal 2007 • 246K views May 2008
Inspiring, Informative