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Twenty years have passed since the 1992 Earth Summit, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development that made sustainable development a priority for the UN. In this university podcast, Michael Jones, Google’s chief technology advocate, discusses how connection technologies are now being used to support sustainable development. “Information is not a mirror to reflect the world but a hammer with which to shape it,” he says, urging his audience to think big. Jones spoke at the USRio+2.0 Conference, hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Michael Jones is Google's chief technology advocate, charged with advancing the technology to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. He travels the globe to meet and speak with governments, businesses, partners, and customers in order to advance Google's mission and technology. Jones previously was chief technologist of Google Maps, Earth, and Local. Prior to that, he was CTO of Keyhole Corporation, the company that developed the technology used today in Google Earth. He was also CEO of Intrinsic Graphics, and earlier, was director of Advanced Graphics at Silicon Graphics.