Had an idea - looking for a math buff to tell me if it's possible with today's technology.
jack at crepinc.com
Wed May 18 20:15:34 UTC 2011
That's basically what compression is. Except rarely (read: never) does your
Real Data (tm) fit just one equation, hence the various compression
algorithms that look for patterns etc etc.
On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM, Landon Stewart <lstewart at superb.net> wrote:
> Lets say you had a file that was 1,000,000,000 characters consisting of
> 8,000,000,000bits. What if instead of transferring that file through the
> interwebs you transmitted a mathematical equation to tell a computer on the
> other end how to *construct* that file. First you'd feed the file into a
> cruncher of some type to reduce the pattern of 8,000,000,000 bits into an
> equation somehow. Sure this would take time, I realize that. The equation
> would then be transmitted to the other computer where it would use its
> mad-math-skillz to *figure out the answer* which would theoretically be the
> same pattern of bits. Thus the same file would emerge on the other end.
> The real question here is how long would it take for a regular computer to
> do this kind of math?
> Just a weird idea I had. If it's a good idea then please consider this
> intellectual property. LOL
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