After cutting $89 billion from higher education in our budget this week, Obama met with Mark Zuckerberg and others (Steve Jobs, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Google CEO Eric Schmidt; venture capitalist Steve Westly Doerr, and Stanford University President John Hennessy) in California at mega-VC John Doer’s house.
So, what’d they talk about?
Maybe the fact that when a possibly impending cyber-war hits the US, some of the companies represented at Doer’s dinner would get fat military contracts (since Obama put 20% of our budget in National Defense while technology, outside of NASA, only got less than half a percent).
Maybe the fact that Facebook could become its own free-market cyber state, if it so chose to in 5 years. With a GDP that could soon rival America’s own with the global roll-out and adoption of Facebook’s currency, Credits, Facebook is a social and economic power to be reckoned with.
Or maybe they talked about Apple’s 2010 acquisition of Siri, the artificial intelligence arm of SRI International, a government-contracted advanced tech company. Maybe they discussed how corporations run by intelligent systems would begin to enter the global market on behalf of the US thanks to Vermont’s law that allows algorithmic corporations, corporate entities entirely run by software. (We can thank SRI’s studies in active ontologies for making sure artificially intelligent CEOs don’t run companies like a bad version of Windows, by the way… and yes, we are nuts).
I have no idea what they discussed. I wasn’t there.