They have stuff there that can look like a Contemporary Art project but everything has a function that we all benefit from. There they created the first telephone that won three physicists at the lab a nobel prize. They invented in 1947 the first transistor. With out it , your cell phone would be the size of a building. Americans are spoiled. Give us a new gaget and we just take it and use it without even a thank you to the creative process that gave it to us .
Most of us are living through the micro-electronics revolution. The quest for everything getting smaller. In 1960 the first Helium Neon Laser was invented that was about four feet long. It was the first laser that was able to give a visual continuous beam of light and was invented at Bell Labs when the laboratory was the research place for AT&T. Notice that the company names keep changing throughout time but thankfully the creative place stays the same.
Today Bell Labs employs 1,500 people. Throughout the years, Bell Labs has received more than 17,000 patents. That is like one patent a day for 50 years. The number is close to 30 thousand now. They filed 600 patents just last year alone, which translates to 7 per day. The research is narrower in tune to customer’s needs. Their budget is still over $3 Billion Dollars a year. They aren’t as large as they were before but the culture, the knowledge, the innovation and the devices that can change the world ARE being developed here in America. Be Proud.