Monday, March 22, 2004
AT&T Labs Brain Drain
Slashdot links to: Talent leak drains AT&T think tank. The article gives a sense that the whole (AT&T Labs) was greater than the sum of the parts (former AT&T researchers dispersed among academia posts). This will only be proven false if academic institutions can begin to make AT&T/Bell Lab size impacts on the world, i.e. coming up with the "next" Unix/C/C++, Shor's algorithm, Grover's algorithm, transistor.
I would like to know more about the management and reward mechanisms employed at AT&T/Bell Labs in their heyday (alluded to by Dr. Stroustrup in the article) and see how they contrast with the modern research university.