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Scott Wilkinson 04-01-2014 02:11 PM

The emergence of 4K/UHD has brought with it the need for greater online bandwidth—after all, it seems clear that the initial delivery system for the new format will be streaming. And even with new, more efficient compression schemes such as HEVC, that's still a lot of data, especially if you include things like greater bit depth and less color subsampling.

 

An incredible solution to this problem was quietly demonstrated in a hotel suite at CES this year by a company called R2D2 ("Twice the Research, Twice the Development"). Dubbed Hypernet, the system bypasses the Internet completely, offering nearly unlimited bandwidth and instantaneous transmissions using the principles of quantum physics.

 

Quantum computers were first conceived when it became clear that electronic miniaturization couldn't continue forever. Physicists have started to consider what would happen if the individual elements within an integrated circuit were single atoms, which led to the concept of the quantum computer. In such a machine, the principles of quantum physics, especially the idea of parallel universes, would affect the computational process. In particular, this could increase the speed of computation immensely, because it would occur in many parallel universes simultaneously.

 

These ideas inspired company founder Leia Organic Skydancer—whose parents were hippies that had obviously taken many trips to a galaxy far, far away—to develop a prototype machine she calls a hypercomputer. The processing speed is measured in yottahertz (quadrillions of gigahertz), thanks to the massively parallel processing made possible by quantum computing.

 

To bypass the bottleneck of the Internet, Skydancer needed a new form of telecommunication, and quantum physics provides an answer here as well. It has been known for some time that the law of energy conservation is violated for brief moments in empty space. Pairs of subatomic particles wink into and out of existence in the blink of an eye, creating a momentary electromagnetic field. Cosmologists call this the zero-point quantum field because it occurs at temperatures near absolute zero, which R2D2 engineers refer to as "luke warm."

 

Skydancer discovered that the virtual photons carrying the field allow instantaneous communication via the "metaverse" from which they come and to which they return, because the speed-of-light limit doesn't apply there. She then invented a quantum modem that sends data through this metaverse by modulating and demodulating the virtual photons. With this device, every hypercomputer can be directly connected to every other hypercomputer simultaneously.

 

As mentioned earlier, Hypernet accommodates essentially infinite bandwidth, which supports an almost unlimited number of simultaneous, uncompressed audio and video streams at virtually any resolution. To hold such vast amounts of data, Skydancer developed the hyperdrive, which uses quantum principles to hold yottabytes in a physical package the size of a Star Wars action figure. She also wrote some new audio/video transmission software in the Java programming language called Hyper Utilization Transfer Technology (HUTT).

 

The R2D2 Hyperdrive provides yottabytes of storage using quantum-computing principles, and it even includes a 4K/UHD holographic projector.

 

The CES demo included full-motion, real-time video of several musicians at different physical locations jamming together. Each one was in a separate UHD monitor with completely smooth motion and full-range audio. (The musicians looked a bit bleary from playing the night before at a seedy dive in Mos Eisley. When one of them began improvising on an unfamiliar instrument, our host explained that it was a han solo.) With capabilities like this, Hypernet is bound to replace the old, clunky Internet as quantum computers, storage, and modems become widely available. Until then, may the hyperforce be with you!

 

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Otto Pylot 04-01-2014 02:16 PM

I'll wait till the holodeck comes out with the next version, then I'll upgrade my devices biggrin.gif

larryep 04-01-2014 02:22 PM

I heard about 4 years ago the Grid replacing the internet. i do know what day it is. smile.gif

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2008/04/07/grid-could-soon-make-internet-obsolete/

Vae Vanguard 04-01-2014 02:27 PM

This is a great and very creative April Fool's!

 

Thank you, Scott...:)


bullpuss 04-01-2014 02:29 PM


HockeyoAJB 04-01-2014 02:30 PM

I think you put too much thought into that one, hehe.  My favorite is "yottabytes".  He does have some sharp teeth.


boguspomp 04-01-2014 02:40 PM

You got me there for a minute.

Tststs.

wxman 04-01-2014 02:53 PM

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vikgrao 04-01-2014 03:02 PM

Started smelling something was fishy once the mention of hippy parents came up biggrin.gif But was also wondering why moore's law was not mentioned in the beginning of the discussion. Nice one Scott! BTW r2d2.com twice the research twice the development would make for a nice web domain. Register and sell on eBay for millions!!!

larryep 04-01-2014 03:08 PM

I would prefer a vadarbyte. Oh scratch that, A meant a leiabyte.

Scott Wilkinson 04-01-2014 03:14 PM

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Originally Posted by HockeyoAJB View Post
 

I think you put too much thought into that one, hehe.  My favorite is "yottabytes".  He does have some sharp teeth.


Believe it or not, yottabyte is a real term that just happens to fit nicely with my theme here.


leeb 04-01-2014 03:20 PM

As I was reading this, I really started getting excited, primarilly at the prospect of someday being able to dump Comcast forever.
For real...

Sigh.....

A brilliant article Scott! And we'll keep dreaming! That and REAL VR too!

Sigh...again....

javanpohl 04-01-2014 03:24 PM

"Yottahertz" was where I picked up on it. Gaaaah!!--got me.

javanpohl 04-01-2014 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Scott Wilkinson View Post


Believe it or not, yottabyte is a real term that just happens to fit nicely with my theme here.
Well put me in a dress and call me Sally.

fierce_gt 04-01-2014 03:30 PM

I made it about half way through before I started to realize what was happening.

still, the theory of quantum computing is awesome, and I hope one day they figure out a way to make at least two of them that can communicate across vast distances 'instantly'. I mean, if we can develop rockets that can travel huge distances, I'd sure like to know what they find and not have to wait for transmissions to arrive

R Harkness 04-01-2014 03:36 PM

I hate April Fools day.

BrolicBeast 04-01-2014 03:43 PM

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I read through this entire story, fearing that it would fully realize the dangers that the Large Hadron Collider thankfully ne'er did. It seems technically feasible if you think of unlimited bandwidth as "practically unlimited..."

This was a good one. I haven't been fooled in years.

EchoOne30 04-01-2014 04:06 PM

Hahaa, you actually had me until HUTT. Bravo!

Mark12547 04-01-2014 04:54 PM

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still, the theory of quantum computing is awesome, and I hope one day they figure out a way to make at least two of them that can communicate across vast distances 'instantly'.

 

Quantum entanglement offers an interesting possibility ...


imagic 04-01-2014 05:34 PM

Now we're talking, although I'm nervous about the dark side of having access to so much bandwidth.


dnoonie 04-01-2014 05:35 PM

Nice A1:)  Have a nice day


HockeyoAJB 04-01-2014 07:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Scott Wilkinson View Post


Believe it or not, yottabyte is a real term that just happens to fit nicely with my theme here.
Yep. Which is why it was my favorite.

Scott Wilkinson 04-01-2014 07:23 PM

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Quantum entanglement offers an interesting possibility ...


Yes, indeed it does. It's part of the real basis of quantum computing.


roxiedog13 04-01-2014 08:05 PM

Where do I sign up, In a Galaxy far far away ?

Dam well had me too for a while and will admit to reaching the yodabites before my feelings told me otherwise. Tricky is the OP, find him funny I do, learn to question I have. smile.gif

Bronco70 04-01-2014 08:14 PM

may the force be with you.

p5browne 04-01-2014 09:40 PM

Scientists are still trying to come up with a method electronically, to match the speed by which women communicate with each other. Up to this point, the closest they've come is about 10%!

TorTorden 04-02-2014 12:24 AM

And international time lag doesn't help me either, greetings from 9 am april 2nd folks.
Guess what we have flying cars here in the future :-)

larryep 04-02-2014 03:52 AM

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Scientists are still trying to come up with a method electronically, to match the speed by which women communicate with each other. Up to this point, the closest they've come is about 10%!

They need to revamp there research and study betty and wilma when talking into the dinophone!

Taranteacher 04-02-2014 09:59 AM

Awesome, Scott! cool.gif

barrelbelly 04-02-2014 10:27 AM

We Talked about this subject quite a bit in the old "Microsoft Fires the First Shot In Next Generation" Thread. I thought at the time we were a good 20 to 30 years away from actually doing something like this. Because of real technology limitations. Example would be the lack of circuitry scale required to achieve such transfers via Josephson Junction (IBM patented tech) topology. The overall consensus was...whenever the day arrived that Quantum Computing was scalable to real economies...it would change everything. So it is very interesting to read this piece. Even though I wonder at times whether we're really going much too fast with some of this. Because one thing that could slow down the speed of the "Hypernet" and Quantum Mechanics into a snail's pace is the Quantum greed inherent in Quantum Commerce. If we think greed and corruption is rampant in the current system...just imagine how that one will be. With such little reaction time to respond to malicious intentions. This could be a dream come true or absolute nightmare IMO.

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Another great piece of writing Scott. You, Imagic and the rest of the AVS writing crew are the best. I read you guys with the eagerness I used to read Harry Pearson and J Gordon Holt in my friskier days.


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