On the same day that Elon Musk announced that he was starting a company that would connect the human brain to computers, the brain in the White House announced a new department that would look for innovative solutions to government’s problems.
Was Bill Gates standing next to him? Larry Ellison, maybe? Throw me a frickin’ bone here! Who will lead the government out of the wasteland of bad software, insecure networks, bad processes, and unusable data? Why, his son-in-law, of course.
Jared Kushner, fresh from solving the Middle East, and ready to testify to all manner of things Russian, will be the government’s innovation czar. Yes, his experience lies mostly in real estate, with a little publishing on the side, but never fear, he’s going to make computers great again.
We wish him luck, but don’t expect much. The problem makes healthcare look like a walk in the park. Billions of taxpayer money has been spent trying to get a handle on government efficiency. We may as well have given the money away. Government resists innovation at every turn.
Any department whose sole mission is to bring innovation to government needs to be committed to several decades of work by talented folks in computer science and engineers. Innovation can be very innovative, but it can also be a dead-end without solid leadership and a lot of hard work. Someone get Elon Musk on the phone.