"Teleportation has become a standard operation in quantum optics labs around the world. The technique relies on the strange phenomenon of entanglement. This occurs when two quantum objects, such as photons, form at the same instant and point in space and so share the same existence. In technical terms, they are described by the same wave function.

    The curious thing about entanglement is that this shared existence continues even when the photons are separated by vast distances. So a measurement on one immediately influences the state of the other, regardless of the distance between them."

Information is everything. If information can be instantly transferred from one place to another... to heck with space travel. Just beam yourself to Alpha Centauri and skip all the annoying travel time and discomfort.

And when you get there? You haven't aged. Because your body has been frozen in an information-only state during the transportation, there is no degradation.

Weirdness... and now I want to go write some sci-fi...


Odder:

    quantum optics

Damnit. No. No communication allowed. True fact: no one with a PhD calls it "teleportation", unless they also happen to be selling something.


posted by goobster: 464 days ago