While the CES displays the amazing aspects of technologies, it also presents a stark reminder on Wednesday about the cost that had to be paid for some of the innumerable tech benefits.
In an Intel-sponsored panel on Wednesday, the ‘House of Cards’ actress Robin Wright explained how the electronics industry is unknowingly connected to the war-stricken Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. At the time of her speech, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and a few other activists surrounded her.
The minerals trade that used to produce gold, tantalum, tungsten, and tin generates a huge amount of currency for the country per year. These elements are used in many electronics devices that we use these days. However, the sad part is that a large sum of this money ended up in the accounts of armed groups involved in rape and murders.
Widget said that each gadget – directly or indirectly – triggers rape and war in Congo. She hoped that her speech would raise awareness among tech and other industries.