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Microsoft == New Bell Labs

Scott Aaronson, Shtetl-Optimized, Microsoft: From QDOS to QMA in less than 35 years, here.

This visit really drove home for me that MSR is the closest thing that exists today to the old Bell Labs: a corporate lab that does a huge amount of openly-published, high-quality fundamental research in math and CS, possibly more than all the big Silicon-Valley-based companies combined.  This research might or might not be good for Microsoft’s bottom line (Microsoft, of course, says that it is, and I’d like to believe them), but it’s definitely good for the world.

 

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