One of they many (and they have been legion) science fiction movies I have seen over the years portrayed a scenario in which the Earth (that is, the U.S.) was threatened by an impending asteroid collision. The somewhat fanciful solution (this was the 1950s after all) involved all of our leading industries generously pitching in gratis and coming up with a solution to, literally, save the planet.

In what may be life imitating art (stretching the definition of art, I admit), a group known as the Technology CEO Council (TCC) — composed of civic-minded tech executives — is now proposing tech measures through which, it claims, “the U.S. federal government can save over $1 trillion by 2020, while improving the services it provides to citizens and laying a foundation for future job growth and innovation.”

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