The Vibe — August 11, 2022
Orioles closer enters to Omar’s whistle, and it’s amazing.
Today, but not Today
We’re surrounded by it. Sleep isn’t an option for it, and odds are you’re using it right now. Wi-Fi.
But how did something so integral to everyday existence come to exist itself?
On August 11, 1942, an actress and a composer received a patent for a “frequency hopping, spread-spectrum communication system.” The original goal for U.S. Patent 2,292,387 was to make radio-guided torpedoes more difficult to detect or deflect.
Hedy Lamarr was an American film star born in Austria who studied electrical engineering on the side, and George Antheil was a composer who liked to tinker as well. When Hedy and George proposed their idea to the U.S. Navy, the pair were told they could likely do better selling kisses to support the war.
The two just donated the patent to the Navy and moved on with life.
Three years after the patent expired, the Navy finally first put this technology to use during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and it only grew and grew from there.
Today, Wi-Fi might be the single most important technological advance at the crossroads of everything we do, and it all began 80 years ago with an actress and an idea.
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