At CPI we would submit

That anything can be a bit.

Recall that in an early age

It was a letter on a page.


Now, we can record our datum

In the state of just one atom.

Or we might use DNA

To build our bits in an array.


To students at CBS-cubed

We told of bits in nanotubes.

And further, were investing in

Storing bits in photon spin.


Physics built the atom bomb

But also brought us telecom.

It helps us to build tiny things;

Well see just what the future brings.


Meanwhile, ISTs dream team

Is gathered here to eat ice cream.

And so Id better say good-bye

From all of us at CPI.


John Preskill

6 April 2005