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Star Trek teleporation 'should be possible'

By T.K. Randall
May 30, 2014 · Comment icon 45 comments

Could the technology of the Enterprise become a reality ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Piotrus
Scientists have been able to successfully achieve reliable quantum teleportation for the first time.
The experiment, which involved teleporting information encoded in to sub-atomic particles, was carried out by Professor Ronald Hanson and his team from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

"What we are teleporting is the state of a particle," he said. "If you believe we are nothing more than a collection of atoms strung together in a particular way, then in principle it should be possible to teleport ourselves from one place to another."
While this latest breakthrough is only a tiny step towards the type of science fiction teleportation seen in TV shows such as Star Trek, Hanson maintains that while potentially impractical, building a working teleporter should eventually be possible.

"I would not rule it out because there's no fundamental law of physics preventing it," he said.

Source: MSN | Comments (45)




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Comment icon #36 Posted by Leonardo 10 years ago
Teleportation of this kind is a COPIER, not a mover.. As for the claim that nothing in current science doesn't allow it, I think I might have to differ there, especially when you start to consider biology, neural networks, the nature of thought. It's not just the shifting of the information that would have to be instantaneous, but also the reading of the original down to the tiniest molecule/atom and every single neural impulse, and then the creation of the new one (from what - a big bag of random chemicals?) and the destruction of the original (who may not be all that happy to go...) I'd be i... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by Rhino666 10 years ago
But when it goes wrong , things won't look pretty!
Comment icon #38 Posted by Mr. ET 10 years ago
Id end up returning to the teleporter like that guy on the movie Spaceballs, from the waist down my buttox would be facing front lol.
Comment icon #39 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 10 years ago
I was watching a show about string theory where teleportation was discussed and all of the physicists that talked about it were unanimous saying they would never do it personally. I thought scientists would be willing participants for science? Haha. I can't say I blame them though. I wouldn't want to be the guinea pig to test if the teleporter works. Imagine the size of the waiver one has to sign.
Comment icon #40 Posted by mfluder 10 years ago
Volunteers?
Comment icon #41 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
I would rather take the bus...
Comment icon #42 Posted by Twin 10 years ago
Considering that computer power doubles about every 18 months, I'd say we are about 10,000 years from achieving this. Make that 15,000.
Comment icon #43 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 10 years ago
This makes me think of a little poem about teleportation from Douglas Adams' (RIP) "Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy - a trilogy in five parts" (my favourite book): I teleported home one night With Ron and Syd and Meg Ron stole Meggie's heart away And I got Sydney's leg!
Comment icon #44 Posted by TheGreatBeliever 10 years ago
Speakng of getting there in a flash
Comment icon #45 Posted by stormbay 10 years ago
Teleportation is another concept which won't work under the conditions ideological humanity demands. There is a massive difference between moving an inanimate nano object over a very short distance, to moving a living object tens, or millions of klms to another place. The concept of worm holes is closer to what may turn out to be the ability to move living things across the universe, but this concept is not the answer. The real answer may well be dimensional transition, where we step into another dimension and step out the other end side of the universe. There would also be a need for some for... [More]


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