Fwd: Quantum device brings end to the "World Wide Wait"

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Wed Apr 1 18:27:05 UTC 1998

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On Wed, 1 Apr 1998 avg at pluris.com wrote:

> Copied without permission from CNN web site.
> Time to close the shop?
> --vadim
> Quantum device brings end to the
> "World Wide Wait"
> April 1, 1998
> Web posted at 1:02 a.m. EST (0602 GMT)
> NEW JERSEY (CNN)  -  A major technological breakthrough was announced today
> by the research division of the leading telecommunication equipment manufacturer,
> Lucent Technologies.   The invention by Bell Laboratories scientist Dr. Mas Karud
> makes existing communication equipment obsolete by providing a technique for
> distance-insensitive instaneous communication.
> "The possibility of such instaneous communication was accepted by scientific
> community for a long time" says Dr. Karud. "The device we demonstrated today
> exploits the quantum phenomenon known as Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox".
> However, putting the quantum-based technique to practial use has proved elusive.
> Dr. Kurad spent more than 10 years in search of ways to compensate for the inherent
> unpredictability of quantum systems and slow down decay of the "wave function".
> The device demonstrated by Lucent allows simulatneous interference-free communication
> of at least ten billion of "stations" at speeds exceeding several billion bits
> per second, or at least a million times faster than the modems commonly used to
> access Internet.  The most intriguing feature, however, is the absense of delays
> and dissipation of signal with the distance. Dr. Karud explains that the quantum
> wave functions "collapse" instaneously, seemingly violating one of the main
> postulates of Einstein's general theory of relativity.  The paradoxial nature of
> such instaneous "collapse" discovered by Einstein made him to declare the quantum
> mechanics invalid.  However, the later research confirmed the basic principles
> of quantum mechanics, making it one of the most important parts of the modern
> science.
> The announcement marks the beginning of the revolution in telecommunications,
> declares Lucent.  The entire industries of fiber optic and radio communications
> are made obsolete by the amazing device.  There's no longer any need to "route"
> data and voice packets through many "switches" or "routers', since the users
> will be able to communicate directly. "This is the end of the era of tyranny of
> telecom dinosaurs" says Don Huboldt, telecom analyst at Wessels, Arnold & Heiss.
> The shares of AT&T Corp. (T) were down 12-3/4, to 51-1/2, on the news of the
> announcement, promting highly volatile trading in the entire telecom sector.
> Vice President Al Gore congratulated the Bell Laboratories team in a telephone
> call following the annoncement. "This is the best example of how steadfast commitment
> of United States Goverment to supporting scientific research and education pays back
> by making American nation the leader in innovation and technology" said Mr. Gore.
> However, not everybody welcomed the news.  The most outspoken was John Chambers,
> the CEO of the Internet routing equipment vendor, Cisco Systems (CSCO).  At the
> hastily assembled press-conference he said that "it is time to close the
> shop" for Internet router vendors.  Representatives of 3Com Corp, Accend
> Communications and Bay Networks declined to comment.
> Shares of Lucent Technologies (LU) finished up 25-3/8 to 150-1/4 at Tuesday's
> close.

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