Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am has a new beat — "director of creative innovation" at computer-processor manufacturer Intel. The tech firm signed the recording star formerly known as William Adams Jr. to be a "multiyear, hands-on creative and technology" collaborator. What does that mean? (Watch a report about will.i.am's new position)
He will be creating products, apparently: Intel says that will.i.am will collaborate on "creative and technology endeavors" including "laptops, smartphones, and tablets," reports Brian Barrett at Gizmodo. But "here's the thing" — Intel doesn't make "consumer products" like those devices. It makes processors. What does will.i.am know about silicon chips?
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He will be promoting products: Don't let the important-sounding title fool you, says Don Clark in The Wall Street Journal. The star will effectively be a "brand ambassador" for Intel. He'll help to "create more of an emotional connection between computer users and Intel chips."
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He will be rewriting their jingle: The first, and likely only, task for will.i.am at his new employer will be to "rewrite the Intel Inside jingle," says Jameson Berkow in the Financial Post. The distinctive "DUM-da-da-da-dum" has remained "essentially unchanged" since 1992. "Expect the new version to sound nothing like the old."
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