President Biden appoints AMD's Lisa Su to Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

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What just happened? AMD boss Lisa Su has joined several other tech names as members of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Joe Biden announced the appointments on Wednesday, with members set to advise his administration "on policy matters where the understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key."

In addition to Su, Nvidia chief scientist Dr. William Dally, Microsoft chief scientific officer Dr. Eric Horvitz, and Google Cloud chief information security officer Phil Venables are joining PCAST. The three chairs leading the council will be California Institute of Technology's Dr. Frances Arnold, MIT's Dr. Maria Zuber, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. Eric Lander.

"Drawing from the nation's most talented and accomplished individuals, President Biden's PCAST includes 20 elected members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, five MacArthur "Genius" Fellows, two former Cabinet secretaries, and two Nobel laureates," notes the White House.

It's emphasised that the appointees won't be paid for being members of PCAST; they will be reimbursed only for travel, meals, and accommodations in accordance with government regulations. Su, who was 2019's highest-paid CEO with total compensation of $58.5 million, said she was honored to be named to the council.

PCAST will be looking to answer five main science questions:

  • What can we learn from the pandemic about what is possible—or what ought to be possible— to address the widest range of needs related to our public health?
  • How can breakthroughs in science and technology create powerful new solutions to address climate change—propelling market-driven change, jump-starting economic growth, improving health, and growing jobs, especially in communities that have been left behind?
  • How can the United States ensure that it is the world leader in the technologies and industries of the future that will be critical to our economic prosperity and national security, especially in competition with China?
  • How can we guarantee that the fruits of science and technology are fully shared across America and among all Americans?
  • How can we ensure the long-term health of science and technology in our nation?

It'll be interesting to see exactly how much influence the council will have on directing government policy. In addition to the pandemic, Biden is dealing with an unprecedented chip crisis expected to last into the middle of next year.

While Nvidia's chief scientist was appointed to the council, it's unclear if Jensen Huang delegated the position or wasn't offered it. The CEO was recently named one of Time's most influential people of 2021 and was one of seven people to get their own front cover.

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Tinckerbel

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I bet Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg are not one of those tech advisors since the only thing they seem to do is use tech to erode democracies and hamper the collective intellect.
Good to see actual accomplished talents in their fields instead, like AMD's Su and Microsoft's Horvitz among many others.
 

Xex360

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You know they're not medical doctors?
There is only one kind of doctors, having a PhD makes a doctor of philosophy.
But either way, outside academia or research lab... Etc (hospital for real doctors) you are Mr/Ms (Other titles for LGTBQ+ people).
 

Irata

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There is only one kind of doctors, having a PhD makes a doctor of philosophy.
But either way, outside academia or research lab... Etc (hospital for real doctors) you are Mr/Ms (Other titles for LGTBQ+ people).
That depends on the country. In Germany, if you have a doctor‘s degree, the ‚DR‘ becomes part of your name. Note that for non medical sciences, getting a doctorate is actually one step further in terms of studies vs. medicine.
 

Sausagemeat

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Lol, “President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)”

Basically, Biden needs someone to tell him how to change his ringtone.
 

pcnthuziast

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From Trump to Biden, two sides of the same coin. Our system of government is a disgrace and a joke, globally.
 

Rayneofpayne

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So....
He finally appointed someone actually qualified and knows what they are doing???????
About time he actually did something correct...everything else has been a complete disaster.
 

bandit8623

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Appointing large ceos does not help the American people or any people.. it just helps big coorp. Should be a few randomly selected small biz appointed. But that will never happen.
 

kiwigraeme

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Isn't the mention of China redundant - if you are getting your tech beaten by Sweden - wouldn't that be as valid - TBF China has some inherent avantages , like huge consumer base , political will , IP violations , access to wide diversive supply chains, distribution channels . Always amazes me a NZ company makes it - when they have to export to the world from day one . Unlike say a California company could just make large sales solely in its State
 

Xex360

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That depends on the country. In Germany, if you have a doctor‘s degree, the ‚DR‘ becomes part of your name. Note that for non medical sciences, getting a doctorate is actually one step further in terms of studies vs. medicine.
I know it depends on the country I believe it's the case in Austria also.
As for studies it depends on the country, in some (most I would say) it is a doctorate in others it could be higher or lower.