Similar to 'Star Trek', has successful teleporting actually been done?
#105285. Asked by star_gazer. (May 03 09 10:06 PM)
The teleporters used in Star Trek are said to have been based on the idea of quantum entanglement and the latest study demonstrates that elements of the phenomenon could have a practical use in the real world.|
However, quantum entanglement has so far been carried out only on the simplest forms of matter and scientists believe that a fundamentally new approach will be needed if it can ever be used for teleporting people or even non-living objects.
Robert Ursin of the University of Vienna said the latest experiment in quantum entanglement shows its potential as a means of communicating sensitive information via satellites using quantum cryptography, that could effectively deploy an uncrackable security code.
"We really wanted to show that this can be done in the real world and our dream is to go into space and try it there. This was a feasibility study funded by the European Space Agency," Dr Ursin said yesterday. "In principle, such experiments may in future be used for teleporting information between places, but our system is not capable of transporting matter," he said.
"We think Star Trek is really very good science fiction but I'm afraid teleporting people is not possible with current technology. But we could use some scheme to teleport information."
Funnybuni's reference includes this line:|
"Some people claim the ability to send there [sic] minds to other places..."
Hey, there's no trick to that--I do it all the time, usually sending it right out the window. Eventually I become dimly aware of someone querying, "Hello? Hello? Helloooo? Earth to Qp, Earth to Qp..." and my mind climbs back through the window.
The answer, of course, is "No," but we could tentatively add, "Not yet."
This reminds me of Michael Crichton's novel, "Timeline." (I've read worse. Much worse.) He says,
"Timeline deals with quantum technology, a field only a few years old. First proposed by the physicist Richard Feynman in 1981, quantum technology has been actively researched only since the early 1990s....This strange technology will come into its own in the 21st century, which is why I chose to write about it."
The Australian National University is actively investigating this technology.
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