Who are the most influential in technology?

The TIME Tech 40

This listing is the who’s who of mostly commercial technology today. These would be my picks also, however one must remember that the future of technology usually comes from military and academic research and development. To this point I would like to add five additional names that are the most profound names of 2013.

1. The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

I believe that Friedman was correct in pointing out the respected leadership of Dr. Jackson. The world is flat and RPI is leading the way in biotech research.

2. Alain E. Kaloyeros

Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, CNSE; Vice President and Special Advisor to the President, University-wide Economic Innovation and Outreach; Professor of Nanoscience

I believe that CNN (the segment broadcast in 2012 was entitled, “Putting America to Work)  was correct to name Albany, NY as one of the model cities in the world that can put people to work. Dr. Kaloyeros has a working commercial nano-tech lab that has corporations and research faculty creating the future today.

3. Todd Humphrey, University of Texas

It was this researcher that proved that military drones had real weaknesses.

4. The National Security Agency should be added to this listing for spoofing Americas most valuable information tech giants. Their program called PRISM enabled “direct access from the servers of these US service providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple”. This is controversial, yet genius and has helped prevent terrorist and cyber attacks.

5. Digital director Teddy Goff

Many will not recognize the genius behind the information architecture of our POTUS. However, Guru Teddy Goff is one of the major reasons that the GOP lost the last two presidential elections. He and his team of hundreds designed and implemented the following:

• Narwhal: Synchronized data from multiple sources to build complete profiles of supporters
• Dashboard: Enabled supporters to connect with supporters near them and take action from home
• Call Tool: Allowed supporters in non battleground states to use their home phones to call voters in battleground states
• Stork: Transferred data from vendors to databases for querying

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