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Encrypted Compressed Air

Stored power disguised with simulated entropy
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In regular uncompressed air in a container, the position of all the air molecules within the container is fairly random. You can compress the air by pushing all the air molecules into, for example, the lower half of the container.

In encrypted compressed air, the container is divided into a huge number of cells, which contain an average of 1 air molecule each, but sometimes more or less. The distribution of all the air molecules between the cells appears fairly random, but it's actually generated by a cryptographic random number generator, from a secret seed/key.

Someone with the key can open all the cells with more air molecules than average (while leaving the empty cells closed), and get compressed air out. But if someone steals the containers as they are being shipped from the manufacturer to the buyer, without the key, it is effectively just full of regular air.

If it's too hard to exactly control the exact number of molecules in each cell, the manufacturer can just expose some cells (while open) to compressed air, and others to a vacuum. This will give an approximate distribution of the molecules, and still allow the receiver to extract compressed air.

caspian, Feb 19 2013

Only even vaguely related... A_20staple_20form_20of_20memory
[normzone, Feb 20 2013]


       I'm just imagining unencrypting the vital message from Agent X, when I sneeze..
not_morrison_rm, Feb 19 2013

       Maxwell's Demon, and I don't mean Max Buchanan, will sell you the needed key.
sqeaketh the wheel, Feb 20 2013

Alterother, Feb 20 2013


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