14 Virtual World

"Business?" Catherine leaned forward, her curiosity piqued. "What kind of business are you planning on starting? Some sort of food product?" 

Michael shook his head. "Not a food product, it's technology." 

"Technology? What kind?" Catherine inquired further.

"I can't tell you that yet because I don't have the prototype. But don't worry, I'll share it with you once it's working. For now, that's my plan in the future, to build a business and earn a huge lot of money," Michael said, chuckling.

"I see no problem with it," Catherine smiled. "Good luck with your endeavors, Michael."

"Thank you, Catherine. I appreciate your support," Michael responded, genuinely grateful for her encouragement. He felt a sense of determination stirring within him, fueled by the potential of his future plans.

Catherine then glanced at her watch and realized the hour was getting late. "I think we should end our session for today. You've been a great help, Michael. I feel much more confident about the L'Hôpital's Rule now."

Michael nodded, gathering his things. "I'm glad to hear that. And remember, if you have any questions or need clarification, just message me."


Michael returned to his house. He was alone as his mother was still working. He opened his system interface and tapped the Virtual World Tab.

[Welcome to the Virtual World Tab, where technologies from the future await! To enter the Virtual World, you must have a blueprint that you wish to interact with. Time works differently in the Virtual World. While you are inside, time in reality will stop. This means there will be no changes in the real world when you exit the Virtual World. Please ensure you are in a safe and secure location before entering.]

Michael was astounded by the capabilities of the system. The thought of being able to spend hours, or even days, inside the Virtual World without losing any real time was incredible. If he only had that where he could review his notes on the day of an exam, he would ace it.

He quickly ensured that the door to his room was locked and that he had everything he needed within reach. Once he was ready, he tapped the 'Enter Virtual World' button.

Instantly, his surroundings changed. He found himself standing in a vast, open space with a horizon that stretched infinitely. The environment was serene, a blank canvas waiting for his imagination to fill it.

"Okay, let's bring out the High-Efficiency Solar Panels blueprint," Michael said aloud, focusing on the item in his inventory.

In response, a 3D holographic image of the solar panels appeared before him. They were sleek, with a futuristic design that was both aesthetically pleasing and evidently high-tech. Michael walked around the hologram, observing every detail, the panels' intricate components coming to life in this virtual realm.

He spent what felt like hours studying the solar panels, understanding their design and functionality. He even simulated various environmental conditions to test their efficiency and durability, which is something a Virtual World could do. He can imagine a day having bad weather and see if the solar panels can still generate energy efficiently, more than what the current solar panels could do on a normal day. 

As he worked through the solar panels, something bugged him out. Well, if he wanted to sell this to the public, how would he mass-produce it? Does he have to buy a huge quantity of solar panels from the system? If that's the case, then that would be inefficient. Because one solar panel costs 75,000 System Points.

Mulling over that problem, a message from the system prompted. 

[The technology required to produce these solar panels is included in the cost. Would you like to see it?]

"Oh, there is one huh?" Michael muttered under his breath. He tapped the yes button, and suddenly, the Virtual World transformed, he found himself inside what seemed to be a high-tech laboratory, 

From there, high-tech-looking technologies lined up against the walls. They are:

Quantum Dot Synthesizer: This device synthesizes custom-designed quantum dots, which are nanoscale semiconductor particles. These quantum dots are crucial for the multi-junction layers in the solar panels, allowing for the precise tuning of the bandgap to optimize the absorption of different solar spectrum wavelengths.

Nano-Photonic Imprinting Machine: Utilizes advanced nano-lithography to imprint nano-photonic waveguide patterns onto the solar panels. These patterns are essential for directing and concentrating sunlight onto the quantum cell layers, significantly enhancing light absorption and reducing reflection losses.

Thermoelectric Material Fabricator: A high-precision fabricator that creates the thermoelectric layers used in the panels. It can manipulate materials like bismuth telluride at the atomic level, ensuring the optimal arrangement of atoms for maximum thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency.

Adaptive Spectrum Coating Applicator: This machine applies a specially formulated adaptive spectrum resonance coating to the solar panels. The coating dynamically adjusts its properties in response to environmental changes, ensuring optimal light absorption under varying conditions.

Electron Reclamation Matrix Printer: A sophisticated printer that creates the electron reclamation interface. It embeds a network of microscopic conductive pathways into the solar panel, designed to capture and redirect electrons before recombination, thus reducing energy loss.

AI-Integrated Manufacturing System: An AI-driven system that oversees the entire manufacturing process, ensuring ultra-precise assembly and integration of the various high-tech layers and components. It can adapt to real-time feedback and optimize production parameters for the highest quality output.

Environmental Simulation Chamber: Used in the testing phase, this chamber simulates various environmental conditions to test the panels' performance. It can replicate different light intensities, angles, temperatures, and weather conditions to ensure the panels' durability and efficiency in real-world scenarios.

Nano-Scale Quality Assurance Scanner: A highly advanced scanner that inspects the solar panels at the nano-scale. It detects any imperfections or deviations in the quantum dot arrays, nano-photonic waveguides, and other critical components, ensuring that each panel meets stringent quality standards.

Automated Micro-Inverter Assembly Line: Specialized equipment for the assembly and integration of micro-inverters with solar panels. These micro-inverters convert the DC electricity generated by the panels into AC electricity with minimal loss, and their integration is crucial for the panel's overall efficiency.

Hyper-Efficient Cooling System: Used during the manufacturing process to manage the heat generated by the high-precision equipment. This system ensures that the delicate quantum and nano-materials are not damaged by excessive heat during fabrication.

No matter the complicated description, Michael seemed to understand them all. As he approached one, He realized that the mastery levels in physics, computer science, and other core sciences were vital not just for understanding the principles behind these technologies, but also for effectively using and maintaining them.

He wondered if he could bring these technologies out from the real world. And according to the manual, it said yes. However, he can't just get them out and store them in his house. The machines are big and wouldn't obviously fit his house. He needed a space, a factory-sized one. But to get that factory-sized space, he needed money, a resource he didn't have.

There are a lot of ways to get funds from. Like attracting investors and loaning from the banks. But investors are not going to invest in someone like him and definitely, the bank won't loan him money as he is still a college student and doesn't have anything for collateral. It seemed like a catch-22 situation. The very venture that could make him money required substantial capital to start with.

He needed to devise a more realistic plan. One option that crossed his mind was to start small. Maybe he could set up a demonstration project, a single-panel installation, to showcase its effectiveness. This could attract smaller investors or even grants from technology and environmental organizations.

The fastest way is to use the technological system to gamble and possibly join the stock trading game. Michael knew this was risky, but the potential rewards could be significant.

Michael decided to go with the latter. This is a reasonable option as this is lowkey and only needs low capital.

"Okay…gambling and trading it is."

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