Tim O'Reilly
O'Reilly Media

O'Reilly, whose company produces technology books and events, has been at the forefront of nearly every major development in computers over the past three decades. His company created the first commercial website, and it helped pioneer the ideas of open-source software, social media, and the do-it-yourself movement. One of the next big things as far as O'Reilly is concerned? Something called Gov 2.0.

On how technology will influence our government

"We need to rediscover government as an enabler, not a solution provider; as a platform for our own innovation, a lever for our own work, not as the deus ex machina that we've paid to do for us what we could be doing for ourselves."