The Star Trek teleportation device took one more step recently to becoming a potential reality when physicists at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands managed to send quantum information from one electron to another that was 10 feet away. But could our internet speed be more effected by this experiment in the short term?
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While merely sending data between two physically separated electrons is a far cry from “Beam me up, Scotty” it is still an important experiment that shows the progress in the field. The biggest part of this success story is that it disproves Albert Einstein’s notion that quantum entanglement was not a valid phenomenon in quantum physics. In fact, these researchers were able to repeat the Star Trek transportation of information over and over with a 100 percent success rate (there is a reason Dr. McCoy does not like Star Trek teleporters).
Of course, while the science stuff is fun to discuss what every one really wants to know is: when will we have a working Star Trek teleportation device? Professor Ronald Hanson told the Telegraph that his experiments prove that the concept may be possible:
“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. In practice it’s extremely unlikely, but to say it can never work is very dangerous. I would not rule it out because there’s no fundamental law of physics preventing it.”
Of course, Hanson does say that a Star Trek teleportation device is “far in the future” but in the mean time it’s possible this technology could be used to increase the speed of the internet and make it more secure with point-to-point communications:
“One application nearest to a real life application is secure communication. What you’re doing is using entanglement as your communication channel… the information is teleported to the other side, and there’s no way anyone can intercept that information. In principle it’s 100 percent secure.”
Do you think a Star Trek teleportation device will ever be created in real life? Personally, I’d be happy with just having less gaming lag.
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