According to the San Francisco Chronicle, it looks like Star Trek-type teleportation is still in the realm of science fiction (shocking, I know). Military examines 'beaming up' data, people Critics say its extreme computing, energy needs keep teleportation unlikely for now
Critics say its extreme computing, energy needs keep teleportation unlikely for now. From the article:
- Now at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Austin, Texas, Davis reached both pessimistic and optimistic conclusions in his study. On one hand, he concluded that "Star Trek"-style teleportation faces enormous obstacles, partly because it would require the development of extraordinarily high-speed computers and would consume mind-boggling amounts of energy. Also, it would encounter all kinds of physics headaches generated by the principles of quantum physics...
However, Davis expressed great enthusiasm for research allegedly conducted by Chinese scientists who, he says, have conducted "psychic" experiments in which humans used mental powers to teleport matter through solid walls. He claims their research shows "gifted children were able to cause the apparent teleportation of small objects (radio micro-transmitters, photosensitive paper, mechanical watches, horseflies, other insects, etc.)."
If the Chinese experiments are valid and could be repeated by American scientists, Davis told The Chronicle in a phone interview Thursday, then, in principle, the military might some day develop a way to teleport soldiers and weapons. In principle, it could teleport "into a cave in Afghanistan and kill bin Laden instantly, or bring him back to justice."
Davis' study was released by the Air Force Research Lab in "The Air Force is to be applauded for investigating technologies that may have value for national security," Kaku added. "But wormholes, negative energies, warped space-time, etc., require futuristic technologies centuries to millions of years ahead of ours. The only thing going down the wormhole is taxpayers' money."
But wouldn't it be cool if, someday, we could all just say, "Beam me up, Scotty" and instantly be at a meeting site? It would sure make all those airport hassles a thing of the past. Then again, the Star Trek crew always did seem to have a lot of problems with that transporter...