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The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, continues the tradition of the Light the Future speaker series. The speaker series, which began in OSA’s centennial year, was created to shine light on the special contributions and innovations in optics and photonics. Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC, USA, will host the first Light the Future speaker series of the year.

Nearly one year ago, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration announced to the world that the team had confirmed detection of gravitational waves, thus impacting the physical sciences for years to come. The American Physical Society (APS) and The Optical Society (OSA), invite all members of local media and registered media attending the 2017 APS Winter Meeting to attend this very special discussion.

Enterprise networks and data centers continue to increase their demands for connectivity, with ever larger quantities of data expected to be transmitted in the foreseeable future. Over the past 20 years, fiber-optic technology has experienced tremendous success in bringing us a fast, globally-connected internet. Providing greater capacity for information transfer is key to meeting future needs. A recent advancement in fiber core structures promises to help us reach this goal more quickly.

OFC 2017, the world’s leading conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, will unite the industry’s leaders and business professionals to discuss how to leverage optical innovations for next-generation 5G networks, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and much more. OFC, being held 19-23 March in Los Angeles, California, USA, attracts attendees from more than 65 countries.

OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA), a trade association operated as a division of The Optical Society, has published a forecast on global production rates of the optics and photonics industry. The forecast details a growth in sales of approximately 5 percent in 2017 from 2016 for optics and photonics-enabled products. OIDA estimates that 2016 production of these products came to $405 billion, approximately 2 percent below 2015.

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