“Bell Labs is a toolbox. Every day we ask ourselves: What do we want to build? And we can ask this knowing that what we build will have real world deployment through Alcatel-Lucent. Some people say the era of the big lab is over, but we don’t. The pressure is on Bell Labs to do the big things again. Incremental development doesn’t work anymore.”
“… it means that pure research is coming back. Fundamental research that creates entirely new ways of doing things. But finding out how and where to spend the pure research dollar is key. We can’t merely react to things. We have to drive them.