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Moving Forward in the Teleportation Industry

While current technology is years behind future realities presented by TV shows like Star Trek and Stargate, researchers are making serious headway in bringing teleportation mechanics to the 21st century.

A relatively new method called Quantum Teleportation has taken the scientific field by storm. The technique has been described as particles existing in one place, and then existing somewhere else instead.

On the outside, it doesn’t get much simpler than that. But the specifics are quite complex, and much is still beyond modern science’s understanding.

The current teleportation record is 89 miles, set by The Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna, who transported photons between the two Canary Islands of La Palma and Tenerife.

Their scientific breakthrough was also replicated in the same month by Chinese researchers, who teleported photons a total distance of 60 miles.

This complex communication method has become recently popularized, with advanced funding and studies going into researching present-day teleportation applications. Experts hope to use this experimental technology to create secure lines of communication between ground-to-ground channels, and ground-to-satellite conduits.

The unfortunate downside of modern teleportation modes is found within the process itself.

The transmitting procedure creates a copy of the original item, and then destroys it upon arrival, leaving behind only the copy. Philippe Grangier of the Institut d’Optique in Palaiseau, France, said, “It’s quite possible to teleport photons and ions, maybe many of them within a very carefully controlled quantum computer. But beyond that, the complexity of the resource and its vulnerability to decoherence make it completely impossible.”

This means that, for now, human teleportation has been completely ruled out. But since the experimental technology is still young, and little is known about the actual science behind Quantum Teleportation, we may yet have our chance at beaming around the world, and perhaps even space.

Imagine the time saved on cargo shipping, not to mention the decreased level of carbon once gas-guzzling trucks, boats, and airplanes cease their roles as primary cargo transports.

Teleportation has very functional uses in society, which is why research institutes seem to be racing one another to create the first feasible transportation device.

We may not see it in our lifetime, but it will become a reality one day, and it might just save the planet.

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