On Thursday in San Francisco, U.S. President
Barack Obama plans to hold meetings with some of the tech industry's top names.
According to the White House Press secretary [press release], "In the evening, the
President will meet with a number of business leaders in technology and
innovation at a private residence. The meeting is a part of our ongoing
dialogue with the business community on how we can work together to win the
future, strengthen our economy, support entrepreneurship, and get the American
people back to work. The President and the business leaders will discuss our
shared goal of promoting American innovation and discuss his commitment to new
investments in research and development, education and clean energy."
Among those leaders he will be speaking with is
Eric Schmidt. Though Mr. Schmidt will be stepping down as Google's CEO later
this year, he has orchestrated a brilliant smartphone campaign, propelling
Google to the top
spot in sales worldwide on an OS basis.
Mr. Schmidt has never been afraid to voice his
mind. Recently he expressed strong support of Google executive Wael
Ghonim, who used the company's influence and technology to help
Egyptian protestors to successfully organize and oust
president/dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Another key tech figure meeting with the president
will be Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Despite public outcry over
privacy problems and a less than favorable depiction in the recent blockbuster The
Social Network, Mr. Zuckerberg remains perhaps the tech industry's most
influential under-30 player.
And Mr. Obama is also expected to meet with Apple
founder Steve Jobs. If you've heard the National Enquirer's predictions of his impending demise, it appears
they may be a bit off the mark.
Mr. Jobs, currently
on medical leave, should be plenty healthy to talk to the president.
He should be returning to familiar territory for the meeting. San
Francisco is his typical stomping ground for product announcements.
The meeting will be the second between
the President and Mr. Jobs on the economy in the past several months.
Last, but not least, the president is expected to
meet with his chairman of the new White House Council on Jobs and
Competitiveness, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt.
quote: ...Apple wasn't innovative. Ever. The mouse? Bunch of Xerox engineers (at least in the form we know it today) who had their idea shot down by people in the very position that these 3 hold today. Innovations in marketing are about its only claim.Facebook? Proof that timing is everything. Myspace and various other sites launched before it.Google was hardly the first search engine.As the POTUS, why not just visit Area 51 or talk to DARPA :/
quote: Incidentally I assume you are looking at this web site on a PC that allows you see different fonts on the screen, and in a window that can be resized and moved around - both Xerox innovations .
quote: Apple and MS operating systems have always contained technology that was "stolen" from each other and yet others besides as they evolved. Some of this "theft" happened so long ago that the features have become part of the computing landscape.http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/top-10-features...http://www.infoworld.com/d/mac/top-10-features-mic...Long before any of that, the GUI was a invented by engineers over at Xerox for the PARC; Apple merely licensed the technology. Microsoft then "stole" the idea of licensing the technology from Xerox and Apple as well for the privilege of bringing Windows 1.0 to the world.
quote: Long before any of that, the GUI was a invented by engineers over at Xerox for the PARC; Apple merely licensed the technology . Microsoft then "stole" the idea of licensing the technology from Xerox and Apple as well for the privilege of bringing Windows 1.0 to the world.