Kicking off this week, President Trump met with technology leaders. People like Tim Cook (CEO, Apple), Jeff Bezos (CEO, Amazon), Ginni Rometty (CEO, IBM), and many others such as the co-CEO of Oracle. This meeting was another example of Trump bringing people together to help get the country and government back on track.
Cyber security was a hot topic, "sweeping IT overhaul" for the federal government was brought up (well needed), and it seemed to have been a very productive meeting. It's no doubt that technology is and will be the industry power house going forward, but it digs deeper than that.
The tech leaders that met at the White House on Monday are some of the richest most well connected people in the world. Money and connections go a long way anywhere. President Trump knows this and it could be another reason he wants to work so closely with them, because those people have and will continue to change the world year after year.
Here's a video from the meeting per Fox Business:
Twitter and Facebook were no-shows at the meeting, but according to The Hill, Twitter wasn't invited because they didn't follow through on an emoji request from the White House. It just goes to show Jack Dorsey's (Twitter CEO) true feelings for this administration.
This meeting really boiled down to cyber security and education. Cyber security for the whole country, an update for government technology, and making coding a requirement for high school. The latter part is a great idea, and should have been done a long time ago. Coding is the future, and with the way AI is going, may be the only true tech job 50 years from now.
It's simple, to be competitive in the 21st century, your technology sector has to be a power house and the US's has been for decades. It's time to combine the power of the private sector and the power of government and use those resources for the greater good of all US citizens. The tech firms have the know-how, money, and resources and the government has the power.
Let's end this with a panel discussion on Fox Business summing up this tech meeting: