So what was Will Swope going off about on YouTube's Davos Question? Intellectual property rights to save the planet from a climate catastrophe? A quick reading of some of the Intel chief's dispatches from World Economic Forum show he is deeply engaged with promoting technology as a way to creat a more politically active and responsible society.

One way to do this is to protect the advances that carbon storage and reduction technologies have made as intellectual property. This way, innovators would have the long-term economic incentives to develop their ideas without fear of getting bought out by the fat cats. Catch more on Will Swope in conversations forthcoming shortly from Big Think.