“Billions of Government Research Dollars are Being Wasted”

A dose of scepticism comes from Ghavam Shahidi, director of silicon technology at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. The gist of his argument at the International Electron Devices Meeting was that the semiconductor industry should concentrate on solving the pressing issues before going off on flights of fancy.

Nanotech shares some of the blame as “billions of government research dollars are being wasted on some exotic forms of nanotechnology research, while real-world challenges facing the chip industry over the next 10 years are starved for funding.”

He’s only half right, and the argument is similar to one that rages in academic circles about whether pure or applied research should be funded. Fortunately no one seems to have broken the news that IBM are a nanotechnology company.

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