The Idea Factory

Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
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What is the source of innovation?
How Bell Labs ruled for centuries?
what is the crucial part for all the electronic gadgets?
How the revolutionary products born from AT&T?


  • Interested in Innovating New Ideas


This course is recorded along with the collaboration of Sony Shewakramani.

What's it about?

Technology & the Future

This course charts the influence of Bell Labs, the research arm of telephony monopolist AT&T. This innovative laboratory, established in the 1920s, was the source of dozens, if not hundreds, of technological innovations, effectively ushering in our modern digital age.

What students will learn from this course?

1. Bell Labs was born from the early AT&T, which hired top scientists to improve telephone service.

2. During World War II, Bell Labs focused on developing military technology, such as radar.

3. The transistor, or crucial building block of all today’s electronic devices, was invented at Bell Labs.

4. Bell Labs mathematician Claude Shannon was the great mind behind information theory.

5. Bell Labs not only helped build the first satellite, but also figured out how to power it with the sun.

6. Bell Labs invented many other visionary products, but endured a fair share of failures as well.

7. Bell Labs was a force for innovation, yet was fueled by AT&T’s lucrative telecommunications monopoly.

8. Bell Labs shuttered its operations in 2006. Yet few tech giants have really followed in its footsteps.

9. Action Steps

Who this course is for:

  • Electrical engineering student, who loves to tinker with tech in his spare time
  • A physicist PhD candidate, who works with optical fibers


Personal Development and Productivity, Digital Leader Coach
Akhil Sreenivasulu
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For more than 5 years my passion and my career have been leading organizations and helping students and clients reach their full potential in their careers and their businesses.

I am a lifelong learner who is fascinated with how the human mind works, as well as the science and technology behind human behavior and success.

I believe everybody has untapped potential inside of them and is destined for great things. My mission is to help as many people as possible get out of their own way and get on with living their best possible life.

Talent is overrated! We are simply the result of our habits, thought patterns and behaviors on a daily basis. Change those and everything changes.

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