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Star Trek Transporter Getting Closer

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The Independent has an interesting article on sending data using quantum teleportation.
Scientists have set a new record in sending information through thin air using the revolutionary technology of quantum teleportation - although Mr Spock may have to wait a little longer for a Scotty to beam him up with it.

A team of physicists has teleported data over a distance of 89 miles from the Canary Island of La Palma to the neighbouring island of Tenerife, which is 10 times further than the previous attempt at teleportation through free space.
So perhaps someday we'll have a transporter beam instead of jumbo jets to get around the world.

I just hope the US airline industry doesn't get involved in this technology. Otherwise, we'll have to cram 3 people into a transporter made for 2, the transporter pad will be about 6 inches narrower that what's comfortable, and periodically we'll end up at our destination, but our luggage will rematerialize over the Pacific Ocean.

I'm not a physicist, but it occurs to me that if they can transmit data spatially through quantum entanglement, then temporal transportation may be possible at some point as well. When we see scientists getting obscenely rich from betting on sports in Vegas we'll know that has happened.

Actually, the technology I'm waiting for it the back in time bomb. It's the ultimate deterrent, even to terrorists. We wait until you attack us, then we go back in time to before you attacked us and drop it on you. Maybe Bush should announce that we actually have that weapon. There's a not insubstantial number of people out there that would believe it. Better yet, leak that we have that weapon and then deny it.

So you heard it here first. The US has a back in time bomb! They're keeping it a secret!


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