Alex Inoue

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Posted by on February 15, 2019

Memory Log:

I remember going out after a particularly long Friday night with Alice and some coworkers. It was such a long time ago, though.

But there was one particularly interesting thing about it, of course.

While we were walking to a karaoke box to relax and sing, and by we I mean everyone but me, Alice began talking about an idea that she just thought up out of the blue.

At the time, I thought it was absolutely stupid. Most methods of boson trapping and control had been difficult, to say the least, especially when trying to chain entangled fermions in any reasonable number for computations. Sure, we were using the old methods from back in the 2030s, and that did the job and all, but there was just too much room for tunneling electrons, and we always had to bulk up the hardware and the software to make up for the large error margin.

Well, first she hit me across the shoulder and only after calling me something stupid did she actually announce to the group and me her a new idea. And it was a great idea, eventually. It took about a few years to start getting results. To be honest, I never thought you could just forcibly abuse sheet after sheet of molecular graphite and just make a Matryoshka box to contain each qbit. It greatly reduced the error rate of the older methods without having to keep searching for the more extreme quark/gluon styles of quantum computing.

Other than that, I recall sitting in a dark corner, mulling over the possible reductions in error-recognizing and adjustment code. Not to mention how irritating it had been to work with hardware that tried to slowly fry itself.

This ended up being the exact thing we needed to really get going forward on what soon became our main project, AI. The NAC loved what we had done and even thought more research not just beyond the nano-scale but back into more complex AI was greatly needed.

Future Notes:

The trouble I went through because of her great idea…and with such a dumb name as GEmS.

Reviewing my knowledge of the system at the time of first writing my memory of this event, there’s one additional bit of design that’s important to the functionality: fractals. Though it wasn’t in the first design, Alice later adapted old archived research on trapping electrons within a sort of fractal maze. While the tests from that old paper used something else, Alice focused on a more detailed matrix of carbon and quartz. The name she came up was before she started locking the electrons in using the quantum fractals, but since it still used graphene, she decided to keep the name. Graphene Electromagnetic Trapping System. GETS was my suggestion, but apparently, that was too boring.

I’m not certain, but I have enough proof that our AI development was one of the main sources of fear from the many other nations that funded the attack on New Seattle. Some also claim we were trying to build an even worse nano-disaster than the Steel Virus.

Also, it’s funny how I can pull up a record of songs we sang that night, but I can’t find any video recordings. I suppose there’s value in song analytics, but there’s little in over-monitoring and retaining long, space-hogging video files.

I forgot how much Alice liked to sing romantic songs and how much I liked to sing old kids show themes…we must have been very drunk.

Either that or I’m remembering my coworkers all wrong. But I’m pretty sure they were more normal than we were.


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