Dr. Maxwell Blank’s Blog – April 17th, 2021
Very few people can ever say they changed the world. I can say it in a very literal way. And when people do say they have or will change the world, what they really mean is “I changed the field of mathematics” or “I changed how people think about financial transactions.” I really did change the world. At first, that sounded great.
I didn’t do it alone, of course – very few scientific advances are done alone. In my case I created part of the advances myself, but a number of pieces of the puzzle – like the millimeter wave communication network for the nanobots – were contributed by other parts of my overall nanotechnology division that I oversee. Well, oversaw really – there is no team now. But since I’m the one that pulled all the parts and pieces together I’ll take the blame upon myself. Not that it matters much.
I’m getting a little ahead of myself, though. My name is Maxwell Blank, and if you’re reading this online then there’s a good chance you might have heard of some of my work about two years ago. I work as Director of Nanotechnology Research, Medical Division at Brondyne Technologies. We are – well, were – a leader in nanotechnology, medical, and after our buyout of Cisco in 2017, communications technology research. We didn’t actually build things per se, but we created concepts and technology to license out to people who did build things.
Brondyne originally started out as Bronson & Associates, Patent Representation & Law in ’14. A lot of time was spent buying up patents from obscure little companies and turn those into highly profitable lawsuits. The one that really Bronson & Associates into a powerhouse was the successful lawsuit in ’15 against Apple – amazing how much money a company can be bilked for when they are a technology leader and the patent in question affected every gesture based input device in their product line (which at the time was nearly every device they had.) And since companies spent so much time copying Apple rather than innovating on their own, Bronson & Associates turned that win into a series of wins that netted them a cool 12 billion dollars of income in a single year.
That was almost the last legal win for Bronson & Associates though. Apple and every smart phone or portable device manufacturer in the world pressured Congress to change the patent laws. Even 12 billion dollars wasn’t enough to sway the US Congress, Apple represented way too much money.
The laws weren’t done away with, but instead licensing of technology after infringement became less of an issue. You only had a certain timeframe to work with – no more submarine patents, and there was a cap on damages, among other things. But with big cash reserves and an eclectic array of technology patents in their portfolio, Bronson & Associates too a different route than most of the patent trolls – while nearly all of them closed shop and looked for other laws to abuse, Bronson & Associates created a company sheerly as a think tank for advanced technologies.
Originally they didn’t have that great of success, but they had enough money to buy some of the best and brightest out of places like MIT. Which is where I come in. I wasn’t a part of Bronson & Associates, I’m not a lawyer. But I was one of the first round people they hired in 2016 when Brondyne Technologies was founded.
The first thing that surprised me when coming on board was how relaxed the environment was. Google, for a long time, was a place of legend because of it’s 10% time – basically, 10% of your time could be spent researching whatever you desired. They ditched 10% time after the merger with Facebook, but the concept was picked up by a couple of other forward thinking companies. For me it was 100% time at Brondyne. The rules were simple: research whatever I felt would eventually have a good return, and patent every last step for licensing along the way.
We released a lot of tech papers – which is where the press started picking up on my research into healing techniques using nanotechnology. In reality the tech papers were just advertisements, a way to get our name in as many tech blogs and echos as possible, along with contact information about the research. Most things didn’t get big bites, of course, but the first ultra-sensationalist headline for my work got it noticed:
Brondyne Team Creates Immortality For Humans
It’s not really true – in fact, that first article that appeared in 2019 wasn’t even close to the truth. What my direct team was working on was a tissue repair system. Nanobots enhanced the body’s natural healing abilities. On a Q&A blog I happened to mention that someday we could probably get the nanobots to the point where even the most radical damage could be healed – for instance, if someone head was severed in an accident they would be able to survive as long as the head was placed back on the body relatively quickly. The nanobots would begin the process of intelligently reconnecting everything within seconds of the damage.
When I said “someday” I really meant “way off in the future.” But the side effect of my job at Brondyne is doing things to encourage the press to pick up on our work without actually flat out lying. I also didn’t realize how quickly our research would advance when I said it!
I’m going to wrap this up a little more quickly than I expected. I’ll keep posting on my blog as I have time, but it’s rather hard to do on the run sometimes – even my iLens setup doesn’t mean I can post while driving. However, I did accomplish the first thing I wanted to do with the new section of my blog – establish who I am, and why I might know a thing or two about our new glowing friends. I helped create them. Yes, I know – that makes me about the most hated man alive at the moment. But the need to share what I know is more important. Hopefully the echoposters will pick this up and start running with it on their blogs too so I can start disseminating everything I know.
Also, I’m going to respond to some of the things I’ve seen online, and since the comments on most blogs don’t get echoed, I’ll also address any questions people post (except where I’m at – geolocation has been turned off for my posts, and I’m using a combination of the old TOR anonymizer and a few other techs from the old Cisco research arm to keep that a secret.)
Oh, one more thing before I post this: please quit shooting them in the head. Yes, I know you saw that in all sorts of zombie movies. These aren’t zombies. I’ll explain why not to do it later – it’s time to run.