- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 19 Mar 2003
Al Gore: A Leader on Technology, Science and Space
With today's exciting news about Al Gore joining Apple's board of directors, many Mac users and computer users in general may be wondering what Al Gore can really contribute to Apple. It's a fair question. We thought we would round up some of Al Gore's accomplishments -- which are many and varied -- and then suggest some ideas for Apple to consider.
Al Gore's Technology Leadership: A Proven Track Record
During Al Gore's years in Washington Al was responsible for many remarkable achievements. As a US Senator, Al steered to passage the High Performance Computing Act, to create a national, high-speed computer network and to increase research and development of high performance technologies. Signed into law in 1991, that work was instrumental to many Net technologies and programs.
Al Gore's work in technology and science advocacy isn't restricted to the Net. His work has led to new partnerships and initiatives to develop more fuel efficient cars. This work was related to his core beliefs about the protection of the environment and natural resources.
You can learn more about these and other Al Gore technology leadership items from the following links:
Al Gore - A Leader on Science, Space and Technology
BusinessWEEK: Al Gore: "Without Teacher Training...Technology Isn't Much Use"
Q&A: With Al Gore: Using Technology to Connect the Disabled
Vice President Al Gore Lauds New Building Technologies...
Al Gore: The Technology Challenge: How Can America Spark Private Innovation?
What Apple Can Do with Al Gore
Besides the obvious clout that a former US Vice President holds, Al Gore can contribute to Apple's vision in a number of interesting ways. For starters, Al Gore would be a fantastic Macworld Expo Keynote Speaker. In this capacity, Al could bring in record level crowds to hear how he envisions technology shaping our collective future and how Apple is making that happen today. Can you just see Al and Steve on stage together? What a great event that would be! Al could speak about his long range vision, technology initiatives set more than a decade ago, and how they are taking place with the help of the innovation by such companies as Apple Computer.
In particular, Apple's core educational audience would respond very favorably to Al Gore's role at Apple Computer as a strategic guide. This audience, probably more than any other, is keenly Democratic and looks for the type of funding and support that politicians like Al Gore champion.
Open Standards Champion: A Governmental Initiative
Suffice it to say, Al Gore has connections. What former US Vice President doesn't? In particular, Al's connections include key relationships within the governmental, the educational and corporate realms. These connections can help provide Apple a way into organizations that traditionally have been difficult for Apple. In particular, governmental organizations may be on target given Apple's recently announced technologies and its stance on "open standards" something that Al Gore mentions specifically in the Apple press release.
Lastly, Al Gore's role in technology extends way beyond the computer market. In this, Al Gore may help Apple move beyond its traditional computer focus, perhaps in new territories like automotive navigation and entertainment systems -- an area with great promise but sad implementation as of this date.
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