IBM CEO Addresses Obama, Advocates Intelligent Infrastructure

January 28 2009 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Government   Year: General   Rating: 2

Futurist CEOMy respect for IBM CEO Sam Palmisano continues to rise.  As myriad unimaginative lemming financial pundits continue to explain away the present economic crisis as solely a failure of consumer confidence, Palmisano is making the rounds, advocating the construction of more intelligent infrastructure.  His latest audience?  None other than newly elected Barack Obama.

During a rountable discussion between Obama and various corporate CEOs (including Google CEO Eric Schmidt), Palmisano presented a summary of his thoughts on the United States' economic stimulus strategy.  (video here)

Palmisano: There is clearly no reason we believe to undertake projects just for the sake of activity. We need to undertake projects that actually create jobs that will make infrastructure, make our country much more competitive for the long term. 

[W]e need to invest and to build a more modern and more competitive infrastructure for the future.

It may be obvious, but it's also VERY refreshing to see that such messages are piercing the static and reaching the brains that need to hear them.

(via IBM's A Smarter Planet, one of my new favorite blogs)