So many things end up being used for purposes far removed from what they were intended for. This is but one of many.
Wi-Fi Started As A Way To Detect Black Holes
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Wi-Fi started with a physicist named John O’Sullivan. He had read Stephen Hawking’s theory that small black holes may evaporate, sending out radio signals when they do, and O’Sullivan wanted to prove it.
In theory, we should be able to detect these signals from Earth. These radio signals would be slight and hard to spot, but O’Sullivan worked hard to develop a mathematical tool to find them. For a long time, he stared out into space but he found nothing.
Then, in 1992, he took a job with a company that was trying to make wireless computer networks. Nobody could pull it off until O’Sullivan applied his black hole detection tool to the network—and it worked.
O’Sullivan’s ideas melded into what became Wi-Fi—a tool that was originally meant to spot black holes.
I found this information over on Listverse. Pretty cool stuff over there.
Coffee out on the patio this morning!