Superconductivity insights have built up so many false hopes over the years that they are hard to take seriously anymore. Researchers have repeatedly published "breakthrough" ideas for room temperature superconductivity that have either flopped altogether, or which only resulted in raising the temperature by a few degrees. Brookhaven National Labs claims its insight is different, since the Lab has revealed an asymmetry reminiscent of the asymmetry that preceded commercialization of LCD displays. While I wish them well, and hope that their insight does lead to room temperature superconductivity, I personally am not holding my breath. Instead I am reciting the matras my grandmother continually spouted about "crying wolf," "proof is in the pudding," and "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me."
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.