Tuesday night, President Obama spent much of his final State of the Union talking about technology. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. The future hinges on what technology is doing to the economy and to our jobs. It is also important to environmental concerns and international relations. Motherboard brought this topic to our attention in their article, “The State of the Union Was About Tech Because Everything Is About Tech.”

It seems that this president, more than any, understands that the internet, automation, clean energy, and coding are not only the things that make the world go round but take us into the next generation of technology.

However, the most substantial references to technology came about climate and clean energy, and specifically how technology can play a key role in new, clean energy sources. These are new message points for President Obama, but most objections to climate change aren’t ideological, they’re rooted in self-preservation.

Melody K. Smith

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