Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs shared his thoughts about the influence technology has on the world at San Diego State’s President’s Lecture Series on Tuesday.
Jacobs presented, “Societal Issues – How Can Wireless Technology Enhance Global Quality of Life.”
Jacobs talked about what he calls “the digital sixth sense.”
He said this is a transformation of the world into a new vision. This allows the world to be interconnected.
“The phone is a sensor for you to tell you what it is that is around you that you may want to interact with,” Jacobs said. “It’s a remote control to let you actually do things with that.”
Jacobs said Qualcomm is working on building a way to use wireless technology to improve education, health care and entrepreneurship.
One example he talked about was a wristband to better health care. This wristband has the capability to monitor fundamental signs and communicate them to physicians for enhanced tracking and safety of their patients.
Following Jacobs’ presentation was a questionnaire by SDSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Fisher. When asked what the best advice he had ever received was, Jacobs said, “There is no they.”
“Everyone says, they need to do this, they need to do that,” Jacobs said. “Don’t say it is their responsibility; it is ours.”
Will Itie, a double major in biology and geology, was one of the attendees. He said Jacobs was very motivational.
“It was interesting and I’m glad to have the honor to be here.”
The invitation-only event included SDSU’s leaders in departments such as business, engineering and science. Entrepreneurs from local companies and alumni from different California universities attended the event.