Have you ever been watching a live sporting event on TV when you’ve had to go out unexpectedly, or go to work, or other circumstances have forced you to miss the end? And recording it to watch later is just not the same, right? That could be a thing of the past in the not so distant future if Sky have their way.
An astonishing leaked document which has been obtained by a leading scientific journal reveals the extraordinary technology that Sky are currently experimenting with. Concerned with the growing competition from the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime, the document reveals that Sky are exploring the use of nanotechnology and have recruited two of NASA’s top scientists in their bid to win the war over broadcasting subscriptions.
Sky are planning on releasing a futuristic, “space age” nanobox that will enable viewers to make instant decisions that directly influence the outcome of reality TV shows they are watching at that time, including voice recognition voting. But the most revolutionary and mind-blowing experiments currently undergoing testing at Sky’s secret laboratory in the south of England involve Sky’s ultimate ambition: – to enable the viewer to “fast-forward” through live sport. To actually “see into the future” and fast forward to the end of a sporting event that has not yet ended. To see the outcome before it is finished. Imagine watching a boring live Premier League match. Why wait until the end when you could simply “fast forward” to see if anything exciting happens? Never sit through another boring 0-0 again, simply fast forward it to the end. Or can’t bare to see your local rivals winning a match? Fast forward it to the end and get it over with. You really want to watch a major tennis final, but don’t have the three or 4 hours to spend? Simply “nano” it forward and watch it in seconds. You will know Roger Federer has won before he even knows himself. The possibilities are endless. Sounds impossible?
Sky were the first broadcasters to enable viewers to rewind and pause live TV, but they have made it their mission to be at the forefront of space age technology to leave their rivals behind with a technology that most would consider impossible.
Dr Hans Zarkov
Scientists appear to have differing views of the possibility. Dr Hans Zarkov, formerly of NASA and lecturer on sciences at a leading university, stated “This is not possible – certainly not in our lifetime. The technology involved here would be so advanced that we simply do not have the knowledge of nanotechnology and have neither the equipment or the brainpower.”
However, Dr Wilfred Strauss, a quantum physics expert and writer for Technology Today has a slightly differing view. “I would say this is highly unlikely – but not impossible. With quantum physics we can have one object in two different locations at the same time. Our knowledge base is doubling every two years and nanotechnology is expanding at such an incredible rate, that I wouldn’t rule out time travel within the next twenty years, making this type of technology that Sky are developing to be 1% possible.”
Nanotechnology is “the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.” Through its National Nanotechnology Initiative, the USA has invested 3.7 billion dollars. The European Union has invested 1.2 billion and Japan 750 million dollars. However, these are dwarfed compared to Sky’s investment, rumoured to be in the region of five trillion pounds. Critics of nanotechnology claim that some experimentation can result in health risks. In fact, Dr Strauss went on to say, “Experiments in this area must be very closely regulated. In some cases, nanotechnology can affect a part of the brain we refer to as “Ogden’s Oboe” which deals with time distortion. We need to do a lot more research before we could open this up to be more accessible to the public“
Win the Lottery
Sky seemed determined to prove the doubters wrong and are already in consultation with top legal teams all over the world to discuss ways to combat all the possible repercussions of people abusing this technology. For example, a person could easily “fast forward” a live sporting event or lottery draw to find out the final outcome and then place a bet on the result. Sky’s legal team would have to cover every legal loophole and new laws would have to be introduced to stop people profiting from this service.
It is believed the nanotechnology testing is at such an advanced stage that the Sky developers are regularly able to “see” the results of live sporting events while they are still being played by simply “fast forwarding” it through to the end. The leaked document also revealed that during extensive testing during the ongoing Premier League football season in England, scientists at the lab were able to “see” the Premier League being temporarily suspended but were unable to decipher the reason why. The technology appears to be effective for sporting events but has not yet been tested on news events therefore they were unable to see the onset of coronavirus.
Despite the complications, both in technology and legally, Sky are planning on having the first “Nanoboxes” available by the summer of 2022 and are planned to retail for a wallet busting £7,500. However, over time, the “Nanobox” will eventually replace all existing Sky boxes making the space age toy the box of choice for millions of homes all over the country.
Making the Impossible Possible
A Sky insider stated “Sky love being at the forefront of new ideas and are determined to blow the other streaming services out of the water. First they were told it was impossible to record two channels at the same time. They did it. They were told it was impossible to pause and rewind live TV. They did it. If Sky want it, they will spend whatever it takes to make it happen.”
Sky had “no comment” when contacted by a journalist. No one is for sure if this document was leaked intentionally, but one thing is certain, alarm bells will be ringing in all of the live streaming networks worldwide.
My feelings on the possibility of a “Nanobox” are quite clear. Anything that helps me fast forward through the Eurovision Song Contest will be welcome in my apartment anytime.
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