Well it’s official now, the “Smart People” are technical advisors for Obama. Where did they come from, Google and Microsoft. Craig Mundie is no strange to the blog here with his presentations covered at MIT and other locations and everyone knows Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google too. Click on the images to refer back to a couple posts on both individuals.
Thank goodness there is an awareness coming around to bring technology into healthcare and other areas of government. Even the NIH needs this type of assistance and help with advisors, as the job and data functionalities are huge! Obama made some very good choices here. BD
Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, and Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, have been named to President’s Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). According to a statement released by the White House, PCAST is an advisory group of the the country’s foremost scientists and engineers who will help the President and Vice President form policy related to science, technology, and innovation.
The council includes a who’s who in the science and technology fields, with leaders in climate change, medicine, physics, chemistry, and computer science all holding positions on the council. The group is co-chaired by John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Eric Lander, Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project; and Harold Varmus, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, former head of the National Institutes of Health and a Nobel laureate.