Sloot Digital Coding
This invention has only really been “missing” since 1999. With the advancements in modern technology, this coding invention could have truly revolutionized the space and storage capabilities of the modern computer and mobile device.
The Dutch developer’s name was Romke Jan Bernhard Sloot. With his tech, data could be condensed significantly. The illustration used to both test and market this invention was the compression of a full-length movie to 8 kilobytes in size.
The literal algorithm for the decoding process was a mere 370 megabytes. Sloot was able to demonstrate the success of his project by simultaneously playing 16 full films from a single 64-kilobyte chip. As buyers and investors lined up for this incredible invention, Sloot died under suspicious circumstances just days before he was supposed to hand over the original source codes.
Fully Electric Car (Non-Hybrid)
In the late 1990s, GM was the first to release and market a fully electric vehicle. While this might not seem especially impressive with the high volume of hybrid vehicles that currently exist, this vehicle was the first of its kind.
Even with today’s more liberal approach in combining gas engines with those that can operate with just electric power, there has yet to be a well-marketed vehicle that requires no gasoline at all. The GM EV1 was not intended to be overly successful; GM only made 800 of them to start.
However, according to reports from the time, GM believed that customers were dissatisfied with battery power and decided that they would scrap the entire line of vehicles in lieu of more advanced gasoline-powered options out there. There is a belief that even though GM would have sold a large share of the electric-powered vehicles, their true motive for scrapping their plan was severe pressure from big oil companies.