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  • Mr President.

  • What about technology?

  • What are you looking specifically for?

  • Technology to solve the biggest challenges that you see in government.

  • But I'll distinguish between government adapting technology to do a better job, which has been a major focus among since I came into office.

  • And frankly, we've just scratched the surface, whether it's encouraging people to vote or dislodging big data so that people can use it more easily or getting their forms processed online more simply, there's.

  • There's a huge amount of work to drag the federal government and state governments and local governments into the 21st century.

  • It's interesting that when I talked to friends in Silicon Valley, some of whom have recruited them to come into the administration Uh huh, I'm able to show fairly rapidly what I've said to them when they're on the outside.

  • The gap between the talent in the federal government and the private sector is actually not wide at all.

  • They're really smart people who work really hard here and are passionate about what they do.

  • The technology gap is massive.

  • It when I when I first got here, um, you know, I always imagine like the situation Room would be this super cool thing and be like Tom Cruise and, uh, Minority Report.

  • We'd be moving around stuff, and I have all these.

  • It's not like that at all.

  • You know, the movies, uh, I think display, particularly when it comes to hunting down terrorists on the other side of the globe.

  • Display this, this avnish ins that we possess somehow, and it's just not buried yet, and it's been drastically underfunded, not properly designed.

  • So there's a whole bunch of work we have to do around getting government to be more customer friendly and to make it at least as easy as ordering a pizza.

  • Or you have, uh, an airline ticket for you to be able to file your taxes, for example.

  • But I I think in terms of the broader questions around technology, I've talked about individualized medicine and and health.

  • And generally energy is obviously massive.

  • I am a firm believer that yeah, if we get climate change right, if we're able to tap the brakes and figure out how we avoid, uh, 6 ft rise in the oceans, that humanity is going to figure stuff out.

  • I'm pretty optimistic if we don't get it right.

  • I'm worried, and and we've done a lot of good work.

  • But there's just enormous amount of work still to be done.

  • Yeah, to deploy analytical tools and computing to crack the code around clean energy.

  • We've made progress, but we got a long way to go.

  • Um, and then, as I indicated before, and this is to use Joey's term of meta problem, I think figuring out the structure of regulating connectivity in the Internet in a way that is accountable, transparent, safe, uh, allows us to isolated and get at the bad guys, but ensures that the government does not possess so much power in all of our lives that it becomes a tool for oppression.

  • Um, and what?

  • Yeah, we We're still working on that.

  • And some of those are technological problems.

  • Some of them are legal problems and a problem shaping the right architecture politically and legally to create mechanisms for accountability.

  • But, um, yeah, some of it is is actually just a tough set of technology problems that an encryption being a good example where, you know, I've met with civil libertarians and national security people over and over and over again, and It's actually a knotty problem.

  • Nobody can give me a really good answer in terms of how we reconcile some of these issues.

  • So I think that there's going to be, ah, exciting times that here's one thing I can guarantee There's stuff I haven't even thought of yet.

  • Um, and I guess since this is a frontiers issue, the last thing I should mention is I'm still a big space guy.

  • And figuring out how to move into the next generation of space travel is something that we're significantly underfunding.

  • There's some good work being done.

  • Bye.

  • The private sector again because increasingly displaced government funding on some of the what the heck, why not ventures Crazy ideas?

  • Um, but you know when when when we think about space flight, we're still thinking about basically the same chemical reactions.

  • We were back in the Apollo flights 50 years later.

  • It seems like we should be Yeah, I don't know if yeah, lithium crystals are out there, but, you know, we should be getting some breakthroughs on that front.

Mr President.

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