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Eric Schmidt Leads The Tech Industry, Defense Department And New York State Economy Forward

Kendyl Kearly | November 3, 2020 | People


Few people have such an influence over the world’s technological landscape as Eric Schmidt. The former Google executive chairman and CEO currently chairs the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Advisory Board, which helps to bring Silicon Valley innovation to the U.S. military. Schmidt has also been an outspoken critic of the government’s handling of COVID-19, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tapped him to lead a 15-person commission on reimagining the state’s economy. Ever busy, he also launched a podcast, Reimagine With Eric Schmidt, to discuss life after the coronavirus. “The pandemic has shed a light on societal issues and systems that hold back progress across the globe,” he says. “With the tools and technology available today, we have the chance to reimagine our future. Now, more than ever, we must call upon and support the creative minds of the next generation to challenge the norms and build back a better world.”

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