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-- -- elect Obama's transition team and vetting former president Bill Clinton's financial activity -- you see and they would preclude.
The appointment on Senator Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
As he weighs his cabinet choices mr.
Obama who -- the Internet to victory in election is -- adding new cabinet level post.
Chief technology officer discussed the concept in some candidates.
We are joined now by Morgan -- he is the executive director at S of the association for competitive technology.
And only -- and -- the Johnny Edwards and dean of engineering at Purdue University.
And former president of the institute of electrical and electronics engineer -- good -- to the -- thanks for being here.
1 morning Alexis silly at this is sort of the first that we have heard of this kind of role.
But I would imagine you would suggest a very important one for us to consider as perhaps -- cabinet post.
It's an incredibly important.
-- and it's an incredible opportunity to make this bold statement about not only the role that technology -- and government.
But much more broadly the opportunity the technology has.
Who -- to create to ensure the quality of life and the competitiveness.
That we need in the united.
And you know Morgan when you look at a -- like -- what are some of the top issues that this person what have to tackle.
Knowing that it's a first time position yet on the other hand there is a lot -- we need to address as it relates to technology.
Well I think one of the first things to deal with is the fact that.
This term CTO is is a fairly nebulous one a matter of fact one of the more famous CTO send Nathan -- old who was CTO of Microsoft.
Was asked what is what is the job and he said that to paraphrase have to find out.
In fact what we're seeing out of the Obama administration got basically two dialogues going on one is a -- you know whose job it is to secure.
Act transparency and openness in the government.
And the other which is the -- knowledge -- store the visionary.
If you think of it this way there's three primary roles one -- to make sure that the technology inside of the government is coordinated between departments.
Two to provide that some vision in the technology direction the country -- should go.
And third I think this is the one that's going to be the most interesting for business businesses around America is.
Give us the the positioning in the world to take our intellectual capital that we have in the United States maximizes value here.
And export it and that's where we start looking at issues like green -- And not just web 2.0.
But Biotech green tech in this massive numbers of technology of of intellectual capital where America's really the lead nation in the world.
You -- -- when you look at some of that means that have been speculated because we're talking as as -- rightly points out not just about technology but we're talking about.
The advent of alternative and green technology but here they -- we -- look at the three names Steve Ballmer.
-- is the CEO of Microsoft get -- us of course the Amazon.com.
Founder Eric Schmidt who is the CEO of global.
And a member of his financial advisory team.
These are three of the names speculator but there been other names what do you make of these three names -- I'm -- -- -- the right person for the job.
The key for any individual being considered for this forward looking.
As Morgan said vision have to be somebody who can think about not only what is technology doing for us today but what are the opportunities what -- -- almost uncharted territories.
Where technology is going to.
Address solve put us where we want to be with energy was sustainability.
-- is security with health care with education K12 education where although -- -- somebody who from.
Not only the specific technology that -- most famous for.
But has that vision to be able to really.
Take us there I think is the second key component for any of the candidates is to be collaborative it is a new position.
And it touches not only on this so much -- -- ill defined office not yet -- office but this kind of touch on every other office that there is and shall have to be somebody.
Who is going to collaborate so that there's actually progress rather than spending years trying to sort out who owns which piece of the technology.
Morgan would -- -- green and and is there a specific name on that list that excites you.
Well I think I think the real question is what what is the job I think that.
All the -- the names you mentioned are obviously great in the business community they know how to work with inside of a company.
But I think we should all take all three of those names with a cautionary note and say that the bureaucracy.
Operates very differently than a business from we all know it's a lot harder fire somebody inside -- the government that it is in a corporation.
And more importantly it's harder to promote people inside of -- government if you see someone who really -- an idea.
How do you move them up through the food chain how do you make them central to what you're doing and still abide by the rules that govern the civil service.
I think that however we move forward there's kind of three things that need to be looked at from what this CTO needs to bring to the table.
He's got to make sure that he leaves the door open for new technology.
From small businesses as well as large.
That as he goes through transparency issues and and -- those kinds of things up.
That he doesn't find himself giving in to procurement preferences picking his favorite technology and saying the government -- Because as we all know there's an immense diverse need within the government and I think that it'll be important moving -- any of those names that they remember there in the government.
And that's secondarily that they need to make sure that they respect.
The diverse needs of various departments from the department of eight for agent test for the military right for a DA needs as well okay at least he was saying.
He but it could be she yeah I did you notice that I won't actually hey.
But sadly just the -- -- in -- -- that day one we won't talk about efficiency.
And the fact that you at the end of the day if this can make us -- much smarter country this will be a brilliant thing.
You tell me B advances in technology right now that -- the best advances in technology that could take us to a different place what are.
You know on the near term there are some things that are simply related to.
There to wireless telecommunications.
Where the United States is falling behind as a national our national infrastructures not competitive anymore.
And in particular something I'm passionate about is what role -- that play in K12 education whether -- every kid in this country had.
Access to high speed wireless high speed broadband.
Cutting edge technologies and nano technology biotechnology.
The intersection of those and implications of those are going to be in health care.
And that the better treatment of diseases diagnosis.
The other area where I think is the technology is going to be how we tackle energy and sustainability.
And again it's going to be in -- -- -- areas.
But also in systems approaches not a specific technology but the overarching.
How do you think of these things -- -- system so that you don't only have to build on one particular system.
But -- one particular technology but do you have the ability.
To integrate those so that you actually have an efficient sustainability system an energy system health care system.
So that all the parts were together instead of -- -- -- and can speak to each other -- actually another miracle at.
All right well -- -- -- it was a great pleasure speaking of the -- such a fascinating topic thank you guys how much.
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