Intel Corp. (INTC) is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that it’s at the forefront of the next major technological breakthroughs.

In an internal memo reported on by CNBC, CEO Brian Krzanich told employees that Intel is keen to become synonymous with change, regardless of the risks involved, as it approaches its 50-year anniversary. By taking on this bold approach, which Krzanich said is in the DNA of the company, he is hopeful that "the world will run on Intel silicon” for years to come.

“Intel is again reinventing itself and I'm inspired by the accomplishments of this past year,” Krzanich said in the memo. “I believe almost everything that impacts our lives—whether it's healthcare or driving, retail or government—it will all be touched by our technology over the next 5 to 10 years. The world will run on Intel silicon.”

The company’s CEO is particularly eager to exploit big opportunities in areas such as connected devices, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous driving. Those goals are even expected to take precedence over innovation in Intel’s biggest segment, cloud computing.

"It's almost impossible to perfectly predict the future, but if there's one thing about the future I am 100 percent sure of, it is the role of data," he wrote. “Data is becoming the most valuable asset for any company. That's why our growth strategy is centered on data: memory, FPGAs [Field-programmable gate array], IoT [Internet of Things], artificial intelligence, autonomous driving. Anything that produces data, anything that requires a lot of computing, the vision is, we're there.”

Since being promoted to CEO in 2013, Krzanich has been aggressively acquiring companies to fulfill those ambitions. They include Altera, a maker of reprogrammable chips for the data center market, Mobileye, a global leader in computer vision and machine learning used in driverless cars, Movidius, a manufacturer of computer vision processors that feature in drones and virtual reality devices, and AI specialist Nervana. (See also: Intel Has Invested Over $1B in AI Startups.)

"We're just inches away from being a 50/50 company, meaning that half our revenue comes from the PC and half from new growth markets," Krzanich wrote. “In many of these new markets we are definitely the underdog. That's an exciting challenge — it requires that we develop and use new, different muscles.” (See also: Intel a Good Bet as Memory Loses Steam: Analyst.)

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