AM? FM? BM?
June 29, 2011 11:06 AM Subscribe
posted by seanmpuckett (98 comments total)
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In perhaps the lowest key announcement of a world-changing breakthrough ever, Steve Perlman
, CEO of technology research incubator Rearden Labs
(and the once controversial
, now successful, OnLive
gaming network), claimed during a presentation to Columbia Engineering students on June 6, 2011 that Shannon's Law
... need not apply
Shannon's Law dictates how much information can be sent at a given time at a given transmission frequency. It's why voice calls sound tinny (to save bandwidth), why TV/radio towers needed to be spaced widely apart (to avoid interference), and why putting too many cell phones in the same room means no one can place a call (frequency congestion).
It also dictates the value -- in billions of dollars
-- of one of the most precious resources of the Internet Era: our wireless spectrum.
The presentation only gives scattered hints as to how it is done, but if the claim is correct then Rearden's technology may uncap the world's wireless data.