As you probably remember, I work for IBM. We're a big company and a lot of my work, while satisfying on many levels, is... well... work! I probably deal with many of the same mysteries of the corporate world that you do. From time to time I wonder if I know the people being satirized in Dilbert. After a while it can feel like it's all about the problems and the products and the process of keeping everying going from day to day to day.
Then, some days I get a reminder of how thrilling it is to be around when someone creates the future. We saw some of that when Watson cleaned house playing against two strong apponents on Jeapardy. (See my blog entry at that time to watch it if you missed it.)
Today I find this story: IBM creates first cheap, commercially viable, electronic-photonic integrated chip
This breakthrough will make for faster and faster communication for electronics, and the technique appears to be affordable enough to actually use. That means more computing power available for media, smartphones, tablets, televisions and everything else which might house computing power. This breakthrough will permit the pushing of much more information at unimagined speeds–terabits per second!
It's unclear as to when this will make its way into marketed products, but it is a huge game-changer. I can't wait to see what happens next!