Technology You couldn’t miss it. The day actress Hedy Lamarr invented a transmission coding system, the origin of GPS and wifi

You couldn’t miss it. The day actress Hedy Lamarr invented a transmission coding system, the origin of GPS and wifi




Hedy Lamarr, actress and inventor of a secret coding system for transmissions, at the origin of GPS and wi-fi. (CLARENCE SINCLAIR BULL / MOVIEPIX / GETTYIMAGES)

On August 11, 1942, the US Patent Office registered an invention under No. 2,292,387 that made scientific history even today. The title: secret communication system, there are three pages of diagram honestly incomprehensible to a layman and five pages of technical descriptions, hardly clearer, but from which the idea emerges: thanks to this process, the Nazis will not be able to not scramble the American torpedoes.

The patent has since grown and is today the basis of communications by cellphones, positioning of GPS, military links and wifi. The patent bears two names, that of a composer and ex-munitions inspector, George Antheil, and that of an actress and ex-wife of an Austrian arms dealer, Hedy Kiesler Markey. Hedy Lamarr, her stage name, is the most beautiful woman in the world, Hollywood said at the time.

The most sultry too, since she was the first actress to turn completely naked and to play an orgasm on the screen. So fatal and so glamorous, Hedy Lamarr, that the US Navy, the US Navy, laughs in her face when it presents its transmission coding system. The implication is that you can’t have breasts and a brain. Hedy Lamarr will finally be admitted, in 2014, to the National inventors hall of fame. The Pantheon of Discoverers. And his invention, according to very serious calculations, should have generated profits of the order of 30 billion dollars. It is less than the bosses of Amazon or Microsoft, of course, but still … instead of which, Hedy Lamarr will end up broke or almost.

And if you should not miss this August 11, 1942. Questions inventions, you should never miss any month of August. According to the United Investors Association and the American Academy of Applied Sciences, the most patents are registered in the middle of summer.

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