US President Barack Obama, while addressing graduates at Hampton University, said that the iPads, iPods, Xboxes and PlayStations are a source of distraction and diversion.
You are coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, none of which I know how to work, information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy… We can’t stop these changes… but we can adapt to them, Education… can fortify you, as it did earlier generations, to meet the tests of your own time.
President Barack Obama gets asked a computer science question by Google CEO Eric Schmidt and see how he answers it. Coolest and nerdiest thing a US president has ever said.
The official Flickr page for The White House uploaded photos from tech dinner which shows CEOs from major technology companies in the Silicon Valley having a toast with US President Barack Obama.
The executives present at the dinner were following:
- Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter
- John Hennessy, President of Stanford University
- Art Levinson, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech
- Carol Bartz, President and CEO of Yahoo!
- John Chambers, CEO and Chairman of Cisco Systems
- Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple
- Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google
- Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle
- Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix
- Steve Westly, Managing Partner and Founder of The Westly Group
- Mark Zuckerberg, President and CEO of Facebook
At a rally in Seattle at the University of Washington, the President signed his autograph on iPad using the Adobe Ideas app. Generally, the President doesn’t sign autographs along the rope line because pens can be used for harm, so that smart guy thought that he would try to hand him his iPad with a message on it saying, “Mr. President, sign my iPad”.