The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last week released its Exit Memo, which gave recommendations to the next administration on technology priorities and highlighted the achievements made during the Obama administration.
The suggestions include continuing to invest in research and development, hiring better technology talent, pursuing grand challenges, providing more access to STEM education, increasing diversity in STEM, supporting entrepreneurship, opening data, and collaborating with the private sector and international powers.
“President Obama’s broad science, technology, and innovation agenda has had a profound impact in setting the stage for new industries and continued innovation in the years ahead, by building U.S. talent and capacity in science and technology; making the long-term investments that will continue to power American innovation; upgrading government science and technology capabilities; and setting ambitious goals that inspire and harness the ingenuity and creativity of the American people,” Cristin Dorgelo, chief of staff at the OSTP, wrote in a blog post.
The memo recognized the Obama administration’s achievements in precision medicine, building smart cities through the Internet of Things, using data to improve policing, studying artificial intelligence, expanding broadband access, and prioritizing STEM education.
“All of us at OSTP have been honored to serve the American people and to serve President Obama—our Science, Technology, and Innovation President,” wrote Dorgelo. “And we are so grateful to the science and technology community for their continued collaboration, ingenuity, and commitment to building a healthier, more prosperous, and more equitable America.”