Back in July, Barrack Obama, JD, wrote an assessment of the Affordable Care Act for the Journal of the American Medical Association as a special contributor. It was incredibly impressive, especially since you know he really hasn’t done much of anything in at least seven years, and all he really manages is to hang around somewhere and play golf. (Instead of screwing over poor people to build golf courses using government money, then filing bankruptcy and dicking small businesses out of their money, which is apparently the new standard of success; but what the hell do I know…make America great and build a wall yay.)
In another unprecedented, yet extremely not cool and not totally geeky in an awesome way move, President Obama will be a guest editor for November’s issue of Wired Magazine. As the first sitting President to edit this or any magazine, he will join the ranks of Bill Gates, Serena Williams, J.J. Abrams, and Christopher Nolan. The theme? Frontiers. Why?
“When the Founders wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, they were at the bleeding edge of Enlightenment philosophy and technology,” WIRED Editor In Chief Scott Dadich explains. “Franklin was talking about crazy stuff like electricity and communications networks. Paine gave up the copyright to Common Sense so it could get wider publication. Jefferson was radically rethinking design and land use. We want to wrestle with the idea of how today’s technology can influence political leadership. And who better to help us explore these ideas than President Obama?”
Exactly! Who better? The man is so cool!
It also coincides with The White House Frontiers Conference, which is being hosted by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh on October 13, 2016. The five main themes covered in the conference will also be highlighted in the November issue of Wired, which will hit newsstands October 25th.
- Personal Frontiers: This Administration’s efforts to drive innovation in health care—such as the Precision Medicine Initiative and the BRAIN Initiative.
- Local Frontiers: Communities are creatively connecting and using data, new technologies, infrastructure, innovation, and each other to improve quality of life for all citizens.
- National Frontiers: As the United States continues to lead in artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, and robotics, these advancements will help address complex national problems and lead to greater prosperity.
- Global Frontiers: This Administration has made tremendous strides in climate change mitigation and achieving a clean energy revolution—as well as in new advances in climate data, information, tools, and services.
- Interplanetary Frontiers: NASA and a thriving American space industry are developing new space technologies for our journey to Mars and to send humans “out into the solar system, not just to visit, but to stay,” as President Obama called for in his 2015 State of the Union Address.
Additional themes will cut across the conference’s programming, including the importance of cross-sector collaboration for solving difficult challenges; education innovation to develop skills for Americans at all levels; job creation across these sectors; and equity, to ensure all Americans have access to these innovations and benefit from advances in these frontiers.
Then again, this all sounds like global elitist stuff…so it will probably be written off by conspiracy theorists as an exercise in tin-foil futility. However, I’ll have my paper copy of Wired, and y’all might not hear much from me on the 25th. I’ll be geeking out with POTUS.