The contrast with presidential hopeful Barack Obama could hardly be greater. Rarely spotted without his trusty Blackberry, the senator for
Obama’s credentials as someone who’s serious about technology are backed up by his promise that if he becomes president he will appoint a federal Chief Technology Officer who could help politicians and lawmakers navigate the increasingly murky and crowded technological soup in which we all swim.
It sounds like a good idea, and it certainly has the support of many in
Which leads us to ask, could the
Gordon Brown’s so-called “government of the talents” – which saw, amongst others, surgeon Prof Ara Darzi appointed as a health secretary – shows that there is, or at least, was, an appetite in Westminster for getting experts involved in key policy areas. So why not take this one step further and appoint a government technology Tzar, someone dedicated to solving the challenges thrown up as technology – in all its forms – becomes more and more deeply engrained in every area of our lives? There must be plenty of likely candidates for such a job. Some of them may even be readers of The Engineer. Interested? Send your application letter and CV to Mr G Brown,