We don't have a Star Trek transporter just yet but a recent New York Times headline -- "Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way to Teleport Data" -- indicates that we could be heading that way in the future.
While teleportation on TV transports atoms from one place to another, scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft in the Netherlands were able to "transfer information about the state of an atom or particle from one place to another without that information moving in between," the Times explains.
[Read the full paper in the journal Science here.]
"What we are teleporting is the state of a particle," Professor Ronald Hanson, who led the research, said. "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."
Could this scientific breakthrough lead to the development of a quantum internet?
Well, yes, says a press release about the research: "This development is an important step towards a quantum network for communication between future ultra-fast quantum computers -– a quantum internet."
Get ready for super-fast internet... and who knows, maybe human teleportation one day too.
On tonight's Alien Encounters at 10/9c, Brids (human children with alien DNA) connected to a powerful quantum supercomputer that is becoming self-aware. Will it be used for good -- or evil?
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