Paul Otellini seems to really get it. Here are some key quotes from his interview in Bloomberg Businessweek:
"We’re moving from the era of the personal computer to the era of personal computing, and that means that there are going to be computers all around us and in different form factors. The PC is not going to go away anytime soon, if ever. It’s going to continue to evolve. Right now, it’s the most powerful tool you can have, but it doesn’t mean that there won’t be tablets or phones or even connected cars. The beauty of all these things is, if you get it right, the sum total of them has more value than the individual devices. That’s the model that we’re working toward.
I’ve seen a lot of changes in my 40 years in the industry... This is evolution. I’m not sure there is anything revolutionary here. I think every generation tends to discount the stuff before them. And that reminds me: It was that famous Ronald Reagan story that when somebody came up to him and said, “You know, you guys have it so easy today. You’ve got all these phones and faxes and things.” He said, “You forget one thing, my son. We had to invent all those.
While there are some really interesting moments where you see great leaps forward—and I would put the iPhone in that category—it’s not like it was the first thing. I mean, you see this being argued out in the IP courts today of who had a phone that was similar to that. Who had swipe gesturing 10 years ago, those kinds of things."
When asked about the near future he said:
"...You’re going to have a multitude of devices. They’re all going to be interconnected. I mean, it’s closer to Star Trek than we are today."
Read the full interview here: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-08-09/paul-otellini-on-intel-and-the-pcs-evolution