What if our mass spectrometry instrument hardware just stopped improving right now? Would we be able to stop, catch our collective breaths and start improving on the things we're collectively bad at as a field? Or would we find some other way to tinker with our instruments and the computers behind them?
Probably the last one, because we're getting some really impressive returns right now from technologies like real time search and more intelligent acquisition methods, etc.,
These things have been around a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time, though. For a really good perspective of these tools and their capabilities (to help guide all you instrument hackers out there?) and some thoughts on the future, check out this smart review on the topic!