Megan Smith, vice president of Google's X Lab, is rumored to be a top candidate for the U.S. chief technology officer position, according to several insiders.
Megan Smith, vice president of Google's X Lab.
Talk of Smith’s appointment as chief technology officer came just after current CTO Todd Park resigned from the position to take up an advisory role for President Obama in Silicon Valley. Several insiders who wished to remain anonymous told Bloomberg News that Smith is one of the top candidates to replace Park, although no representatives from the White House or Google, including Smith herself, have commented on the rumor. If appointed, Smith would be the third CTO in the history of the position, following in the footsteps of Aneesh Chopra and the recently resigned Park.
Smith has worked for Google for the past 11 years, where she recently served as vice president of Google’s X lab. Smith has also led the company’s philanthropic division, Google.org, and served as a co-host for Google’s Solve for X forum. Prior to her time at Google, Smith was the chief executive officer of Planet Out, a website for gay and lesbian Internet users.
The CTO works with the presidential cabinet as an in-house technology guru, tasked with overseeing the government’s use of technology and brainstorming new ways to create jobs and increase broadband use across the country, according to Bloomberg. Both Google and the White House have declined to comment on the matter, while Smith didn’t return requests for comment.
The implications of a former Google employee in the White House could be huge for the Internet juggernaut, which most recently has been making strides in the automated car, drone delivery and wearable technology fields.
If you feel like Google is involved in everything these days, you wouldn’t be far from the truth. The company also recently purchased its own satellite company to improve its popular Google Maps program. It remains to be seen whether having a Google-ite among the nation’s highest politicians will be a good or bad thing, but it will be interesting to see just how far Google can go in its quest for world domination.