IEEE President’s Column: We Must Tell the World

We need to raise the technological awareness of those who support and fund research and development

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THE INSTITUTE How many of us know how to explain to a non-technically trained person what professionals such as engineers and scientists have contributed to humanity? One way is to describe what the world would be like if all their contributions were to disappear. We would have no electricity, electric lights, telephones, radio, television, GPS, washing machines, refrigerators, microwave ovens, thermostats, modern transportation systems, computers, the Internet, or e-mail—and that’s just for starters.

Why should everyone be aware of the contributions of these professionals? It would create a more receptive environment for communicating with audiences such as government leaders and preuniversity students—two groups essential to future technological development.

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The Transistor of 2047: Expert Predictions

What will the device be like on its 100th anniversary?

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The luminaries who dared predict the future of the transistor for IEEE Spectrum include: [clockwise from left] Gabriel Loh, Sri Samavedam, Sayeef Salahuddin, Richard Schultz, Suman Datta, Tsu-Jae King Liu, and H.-S. Philip Wong.

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The 100th anniversary of the invention of the transistor will happen in 2047. What will transistors be like then? Will they even be the critical computing element they are today? IEEE Spectrum asked experts from around the world for their predictions.

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