Who Created Wi-Fi Technology

Hedy Lamarr. Yes, we should thank that same actress for using the Internet Wi-Fi and GPS. How did it happen?

Hedy was born in Austria in 1913. Being a Jew, she hid her origins in every way. In 1933, Hedy starred in the film “Ecstasy”. ┬áIt was the first time in the history of cinema when a completely naked actress was shown. In many countries the film was banned. The parents of the actress worried about their daughter’s reputation. Therefore, they married her to the arms tycoon Fritz Mandl. He was also a Jew. In addition, most importantly, it was Fritz who produced grenades and cartridges for Hitler.

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Her husband was very jealous, and Hedy had to leave the movie. But she accompanied her husband to military laboratories and quickly figured out the principle of the action of anti-ship weapons and guidance systems.

Lamarr was not happy with her husband. Once Hedy escaped. The girl ran first to London, and then to the USA. In Hollywood, she was noticed by Louis Mayer, the founder of Metro Golden Mayer.

When radio-guided missiles were adopted, a serious problem arose. Opponents easily violated the guidance of the torpedo, revealing its frequency. Then Hedy Lamarr, together with George Antheil, whom she had met in London, came up with how to protect the torpedo control over the radio (she also assisted with the creation of controlled torpedoes).

Here’s how it worked: a random code was used on the transmitter that would change the transmission channel. At the same time, frequency transitions were synchronized on the receiver. The invention of Lamarr and Antheil became the basis of Spread Spectrum – the connection with the extended spectrum, which is used everywhere. These are GPS and Wi-Fi.

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Lamarr was forgotten in the last years of her life. She lived poorly. Moreover, Hedy was engaged in litigation about slander and unauthorized use of her name. For example, in 1998 Corel Draw, a program for graphic design, used a portrait of an actress. Hedy immediately filed a lawsuit, but her claim was dismissed.

CES18: Solana. The New Attractive Sex-Robot from RealDoll

Not so long ago the first sex-robot Harmony from the RealDoll Company was presented to the world. It was not merely a commercial step. Developers stated it was an experiment and engineers wanted to understand what kind of emotions machines cause: disgust or interest. This year, at CES the company released RealDoll Harmony’s sister with a new face, updated AI and several new features. They tried to make it even more realistic. The new robot received the unusual name Solana.

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Its first difference is blonde hair. The creator of the robot Matt McMullen explained that the robot’s appearance is universal, as everyone loves blonde-haired women. Switching in the Harmony application to another robot, one can choose the personality features and make an individual profile and an avatar. The user can easily move and add various faces to one and the same robot. The app users get the opportunity create the unique character of their Solana robot, talk to it, working with an algorithm that processes and remembers the answers just like with the previous sex AI.

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Currently, the company is creating a body equipped with a great deal of sensors that allow it to react to touch and give to AI the ability to move. The engineer added that he wanted to get a moving robot, but as for now, he has built a torso that gestures and rotates. Until then, McMullen was able to collect around 20 bots, and already has the same number of pre-orders. During an interview at the CES scene, he said that he was also working on the development of male sex bots.