Blacklight Power and SilkRoad Networks

Ah, I love stories like that of Blacklight Power: the lone inventor battling entrenched scientists, all of whom feel threatened by his impending overturning of the physical laws they hold dear, all the while our dogged entrepreneur being financially backed by a mysterious mix of ex-military and financial sorts.

I’ve heard ’em over and over, and they almost never pan out. One favorite example from here in SoCal a few years back was that of SilkRoad Networks. Remember them? The company was going to upend various laws of optics, it said, by deploying its world-changing “refractive synchronization communications” (change the word order at will). Perhaps needless to say, it didn’t pan out — but it was entertaining to watch.