Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Eric Schmidt Goes to the Pentagon

Eric Schmidt, 2009:

If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.

Andrea Shalal, reporting for Reuters:

Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive officer of Google, has agreed to head a new Pentagon advisory board aimed at bringing Silicon Valley innovation and best practices to the U.S. military, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday.

Carter is due to discuss the new Defense Innovation Advisory Board with Schmidt during the annual RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco. Schmidt is now the executive chairman of Alphabet Inc, the parent company of Google.

The new board is Carter’s latest effort to kick-start innovation across the U.S. military by building bridges to the U.S. technology industry. The U.S. defense chief announced the board’s creation on Wednesday during his third trip to Silicon Valley since taking office just over a year ago.

I’m not really sure I want bridges to be built between the U.S. Department of Defense and tech companies, and I definitely don’t want Schmidt building them.