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Ivanka Trump talks technology at CES 2020

  • January 07, 2020

Ivanka Trump spoke at a CES session on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.

At CES 2020 on Tuesday afternoon, Ivanka Trump spoke to a standing-room only crowd in Las Vegas. Her controversial appearance spurred quite a bit of angst amongst the tech community, where
women are famously underrepresented
. Trump, whom the White House described as an advisor to President Trump in a press release to announce the CES session, is not known as a leader in the tech industry. 

Regardless of her status in the tech world, Trump was joined on stage by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association for the session, “The Path to the Future of Work.” The key points discussed were having employers reskill and invest in workers, expanding computer science and STEM education in schools and having the US remain dominate in “industries of the future.”

“One of the things I’m really passionate about is there is this blue collar boom,” Trump said at the session. 

Shapiro said the workforce of the future is changing, and while the number of new jobs might outnumber the jobs that are replaced through technology, it’s not known for sure.

SEE: More CES 2020 coverage (TechRepublic)

CTA’s press release said that Trump had worked with the current administration on workforce and STEM efforts and co-chairs the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. In addition, the release said she pushed for a Presidential Memorandum which was signed in September 2017 to increase access to STEM and computer science education for US students.

For more, check out NVIDIA shows off autonomous tech for cars and robots at CES 2020 on TechRepublic   

This article will be updated as the session continues.

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