Tech and Obama
Earlier this week I read an article (through my bank account’s website) that Barack Obama would be appointing the first CTO (chief technology officer) of the United States. Now that tech seems to be the buzz word of the week (at least to me), considering the recession, I thought that was a really good move on his part, just because we’re trying to stay on top – right? Having attended Carnegie Mellon Univ (www.cmu.edu) – I always saw/heard of technological advancements, and research being done, but another common thing was that it wasn’t enough, it was never enough. The US still had a long way to go if it thought it would actually be able to compete with other countries around the word. It also wasn’t enough because we still didn’t have a lot of minority representation in the sciences and technology, so my school used to (and still does) invests in a summer program that introduces high school students to the wonderful world of tech, like robotics (http://cmu.edu/enrollment/summerprogramsfordiversity/sams.html).
I’m hoping Obama makes things happen. Change isn’t easy, and it’s always easier to say things, than to actually do them, but everyone knows his first 100 days in office will be scrutinized. He’s saying all the right words, making everyone love him…almost reminding me of an early relationship - the honeymoon phase to be exact. We all know that comes to an end, sometimes we realize it when its too late, but lets give Obama the benefit of the doubt and hope that he really does invests in technology, that he creates new jobs for all of those that have lost theirs, and that he brings this nation back to where it belongs – on top.
If investing in technology is the answer, than lets all try to do a bit of it.