Transporters. Cool science fiction, right? But what if we could transport people and objects from one place to another instantly?
Physicists in the Netherlands have recently transported quantum information about 10 feet without altering the “spin state” of an electron. Basically they moved physical information in quantum form from one place to another. This technology is still in its infancy, but this brings them one step closer to being able to teleport physical matter. The next step is to continue to increase the transportation distance.
So they teleported information, but how do you teleport matter? If you manipulate the Higgs field (what keeps all matter connected)- See Higgs boson– you could theoretically take particles apart and put them back together again in another location at the speed of light. But it’s not necessarily the exact same particle. Really what’s happening is that a particle, or particles, are being deconstructed, turned into energy, and then reconstructed in another location.
While this may sound amazing, you may want to think twice before jumping into a teleporter. Essentially your entire body, down to the atoms that make up your cells, would be completely deconstructed and then reconstructed in another location. It’s hard to fully wrap your head around what that means, but essentially you die each time you are transported.
How’s that? Well if you consider your body, its particles, and the energy that make up your being to be “you”- then once this is deconstructed, it essentially means you’ve been obliterated and reconstructed with particles in another location. Call me old fashioned, but I think I’d rather take the bus. Plus it sounds like it could hurt.
This is a fairly new science and this technology will not be perfected within our lifetime but it is promising. Japan, Switzerland and the United States are leading the effort in developing a way to transport matter instantaneously.