Liz Gannes

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Beauty and the Geek: Hedy Lamarr Remembered for Broadcasting Invention

Historian Richard Rhodes wants to make sure Hedy Lamarr stays famous for more than just her looks. His new biography of the actress, out Tuesday, highlights her lesser-known scientific and intellectual side. In 1941, Lamarr was co-inventor of a “spread-spectrum radio” system, designed to better guide World War II torpedos while evading detection by randomly switching frequencies; it wasn’t used at the time, but became a precedent for modern wireless communications. Here’s an interview with Rhodes, from NPR.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik