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In 1996, Redroe “Red” Boudaine, the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Futurefeedforward, discovered Temporal Networking and formed Boudaine Temporal Enterprises Inc, the corporate precursor to Futurefeedforward. Boudaine made his discovery employing a then unknown research methodology now called Forward Intentional Invention, and did so with only a layman’s understanding of physics and electrical engineering.
Boudaine reasoned that the development of Temporal Networking technology would require capital and research outlays far in excess of those then, or currently, available to him. The resources needed to fund the required research and build the required equipment are orders of magnitude greater than all inflation-adjusted wealth generated in the past two-thousand years of world economic activity. Sufficient resources to develop the technology would, however, be available to a company that could profit from the technology before it had invented it.
He reasoned that the firm most likely to be able to accumulate such massive resources would be precisely the company that accumulated such resources by marketing, using, and deploying the very technology that the amassed resources would make possible.
What most others saw as an impediment to the development of Temporal Networking, Boudaine realized was exactly what made its invention and engineering possible. The resources necessary for the invention of the technology could not be marshaled until the technology itself had been invented. Unless somebody eventually invented Temporal Networking, nobody would be likely to be able to raise the funds needed to invent it. The technology itself, however, Boudaine reasoned, would solve that very problem.
If Temporal Networking were invented, it would only be invented in such a manner that the inventing firm could profit from it before it had invented it. Further, the technology itself, if invented, would permit the firm eventually inventing it to communicate with itself before the invention of the technology. Boudaine established Futurefeedforward to anticipate the invention of such technology, and, thereby, to make its invention possible.
In order to use Temporal Networking technology before it had been invented, Boudaine devised a complex “black box” for the reception of data transmissions from the yet to be invented Temporal Router. He reasoned that the design of the black box would be available to company researchers and engineers in the future perfecting the Router and that they would, consequently, design the Router in such a way that its transmissions could be received by the box. Once the box was turned on, it started to receive data transmissions from the future, though Boudaine, the box’s designer, did not know precisely how or why it worked.
The fact that the box received data confirmed that the technology was viable, and allowed Futurefeedforward to develop its businesses and, eventually, will enable us to amass the capital and expertise required to invent the technology.
It is not enough, though, that a device receive transmissions from the future. The operator of the receiver must know the nature of the transmissions being received. By intending to create a box for reception of transmissions from a Temporal Router, Boudaine made it possible for those in the future intending to send such transmissions to find an audience.
It is possible that Temporal Networking technologies could be designed such that they transmitted information from the future to present-day TVs or radios in the form of broadcasts. But, such broadcasts would make whatever information they contained about the future public, decreasing the ability of any individual to leverage it to accumulate sufficient capital to fund and eventually discover Temporal Networking. Such broadcasts would also raise public suspicions and be discounted as hoaxes, frauds, or mass delusions, discrediting any firm whose course of research lead it to develop such temporal broadcasts.
Though most anyone could have built a box like Boudaine’s, and though there is not necessarily anything in Boudaine’s design that is necessary to Temporal Networking technology, Futurefeedforward has gained an essential advantage by being first-mover in the industry. Because we were the first to establish usable access through a Temporal Router, we gained an unbeatable advantage in the race to amass the capital necessary to invent the technology. Consequently, we believe that our advantage will permit us to acquire any superior, competing technologies and incorporate them into our own research. The very fact that we were the first to deploy a black box link to a Temporal Router tells us that we will eventually succeed.
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