Saturday, May 19, 2012

The ultimate future app for your smart phone: beam me up Scotty!

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       Good Day Humboldt County!

  I was kidding with a friend about what smart phones will probably be capable of next and my wild guess turned out to be…well not so wild.

Smart phones providing transportation as in (wink wink!) …beam me up Scotty!It could happen.

Did you know teleportation is actually possible? It came as a revelation to me. The thought that a new form of travel could open up in the near future is kind of exciting. And scary. And I want to be the first on the block to get it!

“Harry Potter and Star Trek fans, rejoice! Teleportation is real. Using powerful lasers and optics to manipulate photons, or units of light, researchers in China set a record for teleporting a photon more than 10 miles (16 km), TIME reported in 2010. Now a different team of physicists at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai says it has shattered that record, claiming to have sent a photon more than 60 miles (97 km).

Quantum teleportation, which has been around since 1997, is a little different than what you see in sci-fi movies. Considered “one of the holy grails of practical quantum communication,” as the scientists write in their abstract, teleportation is the ability to essentially move one object from one place to another without traversing the space in between. But as Forbes explains, the actual object is not moving from point A to point B. Rather, the distant photon mirrors the information contained by the original photon, essentially becoming an identical twin.” (read the whole story here)

Time for me to head on down the road…

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