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Obama meets with the tech elite, photos inside

By Emil
Feb 18, 2011
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  1. US President Barack Obama met with America's tech elite yesterday evening in order to talk about research spending and technology exports, amongst other hot topics. The overall aim of the meeting was for the small group to find new ways the government and private sector can work together to give the US economy a boost.

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  2. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Maniac Posts: 270

    Does Obama know there is a war going on?
     
  3. The Arab street laughs at this substitute teacher. Starting to make Jimmy Carter look like a champion of foreign policy.
     
  4. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Guru Posts: 531   +38

    What a varying degree of personalities he has in there. "Open! No Closed! No, Ad Profits! No, Personal Information Collection!"
     
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Did you know the war isn't the only thing happening?
     
  6. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Did you know people only know what they see in TV?
     
  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,326   +138

    Did you know that some of us dont get our news from the TV?
     
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    The picture seems to missing something...
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    ...yes, that's it.
     
  9. tragicallyhip

    tragicallyhip TS Booster Posts: 84   +9

    Know one cares what the Arab streets think about the American President,and the Universe unfolds as it should.
     
  10. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Guru Posts: 531   +38

    Did you know I'm only responding to this to keep the "Did You Know's?" going?
     
  11. TrekExpert

    TrekExpert TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    Just because there is a war going doesn't mean that Obama should not be worried about other important issue.
     
  12. veedubguy

    veedubguy TS Rookie Posts: 25

    Where is Microsoft?
     
  13. "Know one cares what the Arab streets think about the American President,and the Universe unfolds as it should".

    Wait another six months and see for yourself. When gas is $5.00 per gallon you won't have to worry about tweeting in traffic anymore. I believe that was the point of the original commenter.
     
  14. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 595   +52

    I'm kinda pissed!! Where is Bill Gates!? If there is ANYBODY, who knows a thing or two about making profitable economic decisions, it's him! I can't believe that Zuck and the Twitter dude where there instead.
     
  15. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Agree with : veedubguy and wagan8r
    Bill Gates and Sal Khan from the khanacademy.org should both be there!
     
  16. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Didn't you know--Twitter, Netflix, and Facebook are WAY more important than Microsoft or any kind of learning. Salman who? I mean, why bring people who have contributed substantively to society and knowledge when you can get the guy who let us constantly update our friends about things which they could not possibly care in 140 characters or less?

    Quit catering to the lowest common denominator, even if they are the majority of the voters.
     
  17. cyrusjumpjet

    cyrusjumpjet TS Member Posts: 87

    Awesome photos. What I would have given to be a fly on the wall during their dinner...
     
  18. i dont have FB and i hope it will dissapear!
     
  19. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    haha Raswan. Point well made
     
  20. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,677

    Brilliant post. They're just bringing in the people who cater to the technically illiterate with simple services.
     
  21. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    You guys serious? Some of these companies are changing the way people conduct their lives. Twitter and Facebook have allowed incredible connectivity between people, for better or worse, and were instrumental in helping people overthrow a thirty year old regime a few days ago.

    Companies like Google, and Apple are giving average people immense communicative power in their hands. Really, most of these entities represent ingenuity. I might not like Twitter or Facebook, but I can certainly admire the role they are having in changing our culture. It's prudent of a president to familiarize themselves with these sorts of developments and companies.
     
  22. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,677

    None of these people have done something NEW for the industry. They've simply taken old ideas and improved them(or in apples case made them less functional)

    Obama should be inviting people creating new technologies like Engineers at Intel, Nvidia, Samsung ect ect.
     
  23. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    Some great innovations were 'merely' reinventions, but that does not make them any less valid, or their impacts any less meaningful. People are citing Bill Gates in the comments section, but one could argue Microsoft has just been rehashing the same software (Windows, Office) for x-number of years.

    Plus, the meeting was about economic rejuvenation, a more efficient, streamlined government, and better education delivery. I don't think nVidia or Samsung would be the most suitable candidates to contribute to those goals, but Twitter and Facebook are capable of increasing communication and allowing for efficiencies in regards to education, and business in both the public and private sectors. Like I mentioned before, it behooves a president to gain knowledge of what is popular, and what is changing people's lives.
     
  24. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Political speeches and corporate fine print limited to 140 characters. Sounds like a win.
     

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