Information technology in a "post-silicon world": innovations, applications and anticipations
Dr Bernard S. Meyerson, Ph.D.
About the speaker
Bernard S. Meyerson, Ph.D.
Dr. Meyerson, an IBM Fellow, is Vice President for Innovation. He is responsible for IBM’s corporate technical strategy, Global University Relations programme and the IBM Academy, a world-wide self-governing organisation of around 1,000 IBM technical leaders.
He joined IBM Research in 1980 and spent the next ten years leading the development of silicon:germanium and other high performance technologies before successively founding IBM’s highly successful Analogue and Mixed Signal business, managing IBM’s global semiconductor development alliance and directing the Systems and Technology Group’s Strategic Alliance. Today, Dr. Meyerson’s team focuses on the early identification of major technical and/or business discontinuities that will have material impact on business and society, then pro-actively drive the innovation needed to address those issues.
Dr. Meyerson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Numerous awards for his work include the Materials Research Society Medal, the Electrochemical Society Electronics Division Award, the IEEE Ernst Weber Award, the Electron Devices Society J. J. Ebers Award and a SEMI Lifetime Achievement Award. He was most recently awarded the Pake Prize of the American Physical Society for his scientific research and subsequent leadership in managing a major business for IBM.
For his innovation efforts, Dr. Meyerson has been cited as “Inventor of the Year” by the New York State Legislature and New York State Intellectual Property Lawyers Association and “United States Distinguished Inventor of the Year” by the US IP Law Association and the Patent and Trademark office.
Dr Meyerson says:
“It means a great deal to me to have been invited to give this prestigious lecture. Alan Turing for all intents and purposes founded the field I have worked in most of my career, so speaking at a series honouring his legacy is a great privilege.
"It also provides an opportunity to step back from the day to day challenges associated with Information Technology and look at the entire landscape more broadly, something one must do regularly to avoid technical and intellectual dead ends. And it gives me the personally valuable incentive to take a broad view of coming discontinuities, associated challenges and opportunities for progress on different trajectories.
"For many decades Information Technology has thrived, following a remarkable and reliable path of consistent and dramatic improvements in compute capabilities, costs and pervasiveness. This exceptional trajectory has been underpinned by the equally steady march of progress in silicon technology, often referred to as Moore's Law.
"Today, however, material constituents of silicon technology have shrunk to the point that quantum phenomena render them useless and on-going scaling of technology ceases.Consequently the notion of everlasting generations of smaller, faster and less costly technology has run squarely into immutable laws of physics. Put succinctly, atoms don't scale.
"Losing much of this core driver has forced a rebirth of innovation. Future progress in IT performance is being realised through new system architectures and materials and emerging new fields such as cognitive computing and its application to Big Data, proclaimed by Watson.
"I will address the challenges IT faces going forward, and the promise of new applications emerging from increasingly innovative approaches to future systems."