Cuomo Puts Big Tech Billionaires in Charge of Reinventing New York

(Illustration courtesy of Bosch Fawstin)

Here, I'll save Andy time and effort.

New York City, post-pandemic, will be poorer, more dysfunctional, have fewer elderly people, and more Big Tech influence. Much like some other bluish parts of the country.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he has enlisted Eric Schmidt, former chief executive of Google Inc. and Novell Inc., to head a blue-ribbon commission tasked with “reimagining” New York state in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, Cuomo said the state will work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to “reimagine education.”

Sure, bring in the creepy ex-Googler and his harem.

Along with Bill Gates, the guy whose greatest accomplishment was getting a blank check from IBM for their PC and then borrowing an OS.

But at Gates is doing something besides being creepy. What are Eric Schmidt's accomplishments besides trying to elect Hillary? 

That's the point though.

Is Cuomo really looking to reimagine New York or cozy up to wealthy Big Tech donors for his own presidential run?

But a better question might be, what the hell is Schmidt doing?

Eric Schmidt, former CEO and chairman of Google, has spent years trying to convince the US military to become more tech-savvy — and to listen to his advice on how to do it — in a campaign marked at times by hubris and allegations of conflicts of interest, according to a Saturday report from The New York Times.

Earlier that year, Schmidt had agreed to head a new Pentagon innovation advisory board launched by former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and aimed at bringing innovation and best practices from Silicon Valley to the US military.

Schmidt grew his influence substantially in the following years. He gained unprecedented access and travel privileges at the Department of Defense, including permission to talk to anyone about all but the most secret programs, raising concerns given Schmidt's ties to Google, according to ProPublica.

Schmidt has also served as the chairman of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence since its inception in 2019, advising the federal government on how to navigate the rapidly evolving field.

Exactly who's letting a top Hillary ally have the run of the national security establishment?

Fortunately Schmidt can take time out from claiming that he can reimagine the military to reimagining New York. Big Tech's hubris and lust for power knows no limits.