Had an idea - looking for a math buff to tell me if it's possible with today's technology.
nenolod at systeminplace.net
Wed May 18 20:40:11 UTC 2011
On Wed, 18 May 2011 13:07:32 -0700
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
I believe they call this 'compression'.
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