CES 2013: Samsung's Stephen Woo live blog

Samsung president Dr. Stephen Woo talks at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

  • James Martin 1/9/2013 6:03:12 PM
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  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:04:14 PM
    Woo highlighting the company's Hope for Children initiative to enable education in parts of the world like South Africa. This will provid education to more than 2.5 million children over the next five years, Woo says. "But there is always more we can do," he adds.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 6:04:21 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:04:31 PM
    Which brings us to why Bill Clinton is here...
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:05:01 PM
    Samsung now rolling a video narrated by Bill Clinton about his foundation and role as Samsung's Hope for Children ambassador.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 6:05:23 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:06:13 PM
    Doing a quick promo video for Clinton's foundation and humanitarian efforts since finishing up his presidential term.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:07:18 PM
    And the video's over. Woo back out on stage to introduce Clinton.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:08:03 PM
    Clinton's going to talk about mobile technology in the developing world. Clinton comes out with a big smile. And Clinton's getting a standing ovation from the crowd here.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 6:08:28 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:08:48 PM
    Clinton says he's been backstage looking at all the new tech behind the scenes and that it reminded him that when he became president, the average cell phone weighed 20 lbs. "On the day I took the oath of office, a grand total of 50 sites on the entire Internet... More than that have been added since I started talking."
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:09:09 PM
    Clinton says he's going to talk for a few minutes about "where all this is going, and where it will lead."
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 6:09:16 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:10:04 PM
    Clinton talking up his efforts to keep the Internet free, and some of the advances in politics and the Internet during his tenure. Also achievements like sending the first e-mail into space.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 6:10:29 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:10:59 PM
    "This electronics show shows how much technology has changed, and what we have to look forward to," he adds. But let's not forget about the poor countries that can benefit from technology, he adds.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:11:31 PM
    Clinton highlights things like medical record systems, which can cut costs and improve results.
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  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:12:36 PM
    South Korea is the number one in the world in computer download speed, while we're number 15 on that list, Clinton notes. "We need to see the Internet as part of our global commitment to infrastructure, and I hope there will be an infrastructure in the U.S. that backs that up," he says. That includes initiatives for universal broadband access.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:13:48 PM
    Clinton now talking about some of the basic things we take for granted now that we don't have in other parts of the world. Things like electricity, water and air conditioning. "If you get bored with my speech, you can go leave and grab a glass of water ... I spent a lot of time in parts of the world where people can't do that."
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 6:13:50 PM
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  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:15:40 PM
    Clinton notes that some of the early initiatives to give technology to developing countries has paid quick dividends, like giving cell phones to people in rural areas, allowing them to do things like standardize fish prices across the region. Other examples: providing people with bank accounts to manage their money.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:16:56 PM
    Now onto the future. Clinton says the world has "huge challenges that I think technology can help to overcome that are non-economic." Look at something like the Arab Spring, Clinton offers.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 6:16:57 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:17:53 PM
    The three biggest challenges are "vast chasms of inequality, education, access to capital," he adds. Things that are perhaps out of their control, like climate change.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:20:28 PM
    Clinton highlighting bad things that have happened to people around the world, with examples from India, and the Middle East, all the way back to the U.S. with the debate over "unjustifiable neglect of gun safety," which gets a round of applause.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 6:20:35 PM
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  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:22:39 PM
    Clinton talking about gun control and the death rate in the U.S. compared to other countries. "I grew up in this hunting culture, but this is nuts," Clinton says. "Why does anybody need a 30-round clip for a gun?" Half of all deaths have occurred since the assault weapons ban expired, Clinton offers.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:23:29 PM
    Clinton definitely going off on a political tangent here, but trying to bring it back into something that's a division between peoples of the world.
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 6:23:39 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:24:47 PM
    "We have sorted ourselves out in our living patterns so that we look for people who agree with us," Clinton says. "It's kind of funny, America has come so far. We're not as racist as we used to be. We're not as sexist as we used to be... the only remaining bigotry we have is that we don't want to be around people who think differently than us."
  • James Martin 1/9/2013 6:25:20 PM
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  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:26:44 PM
    Clinton says he wants people to think about how these devices can be used to bridge these kinds of gaps. That includes climate change, even.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:27:10 PM
    Energy use efforts in tech would do more to grow the American economy and that of poor countries, he says.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:28:08 PM
    Clinton wrapping up now, saying it's the job of every citizen on the planet to lead the way. And Clinton's off, with a loud applause and shaking hands with Woo who's back.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:28:26 PM
    And yep, it's a standing ovation again. Clinton enjoys a few seconds of it before leaving the stage.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:28:53 PM
    Woo thanking everyone for joining the company to see its tech this morning.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:29:19 PM
    Once again reading off the tagline "Mobilizing possibility," and that's it.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/9/2013 6:29:38 PM
    We're gonna try and get some hands-on with these new displays, so stay tuned for that.
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