100-1 data compression ratios! (sci-fi comes true)

This leaked according to Tim Ouellette, currently with Sonalysts.  Not entirely Tim’s fault — I was curious about what he was doing, and since it was just a corporate secret and not a state secret, and since I know a little about conversational hypnosis, was good friends with him, and he was drunk, well…

(My friend who works for Sikorsky I go the other way with.  I tell him, Chris, tell me nothing about the helicopter.)  Anyway, someone got this out of me recently who, after the food stamp thing, it was indicated to me Tim would lose his job and be forcibly recruited.  So rather than keep it a secret, I’m making it public.

The trade secret, developed by a polymath named Dan who Tim worked for back in 2001 in a company named “Solarity,” in New Haven, CT, is to apply the Reimann hypothesis to chi orbitals.  This allows you to somehow carry a signal with electrons in a weird way that is not electricity.  Understanding this, you can operate a standard CPU in such a way that you don’t need a hard drive:  the hard drive is kept in the CPU, all information stored quantumly.  Alternatively, you can open an “electronic subspace” where a single bit now holds 100 quantum bits.  Then it gets weird:  you can recursively open inside that another electronic subspace, such that you can store at any depth of recursion as much information as you want and care to do the work to set up.

The sad story is that this technology got nipped on the vine by, as I recall, one of the billionaires who owns AT&T.  This is third-hand information, and entirely unreliable.  The story goes that said billionaire was approached for an investment and to be put on the board of trustees.  When the stock offering happened, the contract stipulated that he would own 51% of the shares.  This was declined.

After this, the billionaire called the FBI to complain that the claims being made were demonstrably impossible.  100-1 data compression is not possible with existing technology.  Since this was a credible claim of impossibility, and since no doubt he was a billionaire, the FBI took this very seriously and investigated the company for fraud.  This made it illegal for them to get more investors.  Without an income and with accruing expenses, they would die.  The billionaire also sued them — I don’t know what; basically on the same claim that they had defrauded him, I believe — with their own money.  Since he was on the board of directors, this was perfectly legal.  Dan continued to pour his own money into it, but he was a millionaire going up against a billionaire and the Federal government.  Thus, last I knew, the company, the idea, and all the derivative technologies died.

They had at least one patent out, as I understand.  The patent was designed carefully to conceal, rather than reveal, the core insight that made the technology work.  I’ve done a few Google searches for all this, but without Dan’s last name, and perhaps not knowing how to correctly spell the name of the company, I’ve been unable to make any headway.

However, if one of you bright MIT boys or girls wants to look into this one, I recommend it.  You’ll probably have to put the information in the public domain, though, or there are likely to be lawsuits and all kinds of such nastiness.

Published in: on April 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

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