US President Donald Trump has criticised the federal government technology as “painfully outdated” during a meeting with the heads of major tech companies including Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.
Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos said he wanted the Trump administration to make use of commercially available technologies, worker retraining, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
The meeting marks the second time Trump will have met with some of the country’s most influential technology CEOs.
This is primarily due to the cost of migrating IT services to new technologies, but also because of a pervasive scepticism regarding the savings of doing so and fears of disrupting those services during the move. But so far, the White House has indicated that it does not consider the situation to be urgent.
More meetings are scheduled during the White House’s “tech week”, including one that will cover drones this Thursday and the announcement of “additional tech reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday”.
“Together we will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before”, said White House senior adviser and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, before the sessions started.
Considering how many government functions Kushner’s running, it’s sure odd that so many Americans didn’t even know what we sounded like.
What is really more likely is that the they are brown-nosing their way to for lucrative USA government contracts which are up for grabs as the government upgrades its computing systems.
Other members of the council include: Ajay Banga, the CEO of Mastercard; Safra Catz, co-CEO of Oracle; Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir; Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM [center row, right]; and Peter Thiel.
The CEOs and White House also planned to discuss Trump’s review announced in April of the USA visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country.
Ivanka Trump participates in an American Technology Council roundtable at the White House in Washington.
He also offered a bit of solace for tech executives on concerns his immigration policies would deny the industry talent, saying he was working “very diligently” with Congress on immigration so “you can get the people you want”. In 2015, hackers exposed the personal information of 22 million people from United States government databases.
One person not in attendance was Tesla’s Elon Musk.
The tech leaders had their own requests for the president, too, however.