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!