Bell Labs, sadly, is refocusing to concentrate on near-term problems rather than basic research. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Bell Labs, sadly, is refocusing to concentrate on near-term problems rather than basic research.

For those who question the virtues of basic science, and ignoring the benefits of the existential quest for understanding of our world, one of those Nobels was for the invention of the transistor, the basic element that has made modern electronics possible. If the Labs had produced nothing else, that one new idea would justify their 83 year history.

Others feel differently. August 28 was the end of their basic research efforts. Their focus will now be on technologies promising short-term results that can be turned into products.

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