Fifty years ago this past Sunday, researcher Theodore Maiman at Hughes Labs built the first working laser that has changed the world. Laser is an acronym standing for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. On May 16, 1960, Maiman used a flash lamp to simulate a ruby pink rod – the world’s first laser. Since that day, lasers have been used in a wide range of industries and government agencies, from consumer electronics to law enforcement, the military, entertainment, and much more. Laser technology stands to be at the heart of many technological breakthroughs in the upcoming decades.
While the progress on the laser front has pushed the limits of the scientific and technological frontiers, we want to know when the laser pistols are coming.
My name is Hugo Evans. You can also find me on twitter @TechPAScode. I am the CIO for A.T. Kearney Procurement & Analytic Solutions (www.atkearneypas.com). I love how technology is reshaping our world. However, I am not a fan of technology for technology's sake and loath over-hyped technology. Effective technology, I believe, combines a balanced mix of people, process, and tools. My goal is to share stories about these types of technologies infused with my dry sense of humor. Hope you find them informative and applicable to your life and/or career.