You’ve seen it on Star Trek. You’ve witnessed it on Doctor Who. Most of the sci-fi films of the last 60 years have used it as a plot device: Teleportation!
For a long time, teleportation of humans has been thought to be impossible, yet science fiction writers continue to use it and believe that one day, it will be possible. Just because we haven’t figured something out yet doesn’t mean we never will.
And as it turns out, teleportation might not be science-fiction anymore! It’s around the corner. Although scientists are still divided on whether or not teleportation of humans is possible, China has recently had a breakthrough that is a giant leap forward in teleportation tech.
For almost a year, Chinese scientists have been doing research using Quantum Entanglement to teleport electrons from their laboratory on the ground in Tibet. However, this week marks an historic breakthrough, as they have managed to teleport an electron from their facility to a low-orbiting satellite 300 miles away.
Now, before you get too excited about the possibility of teleporting to work to avoid the traffic, it’s important to note that they didn’t actually send an electron to space: they sent all of the information from an electron on Earth to its partnered, or “entangled,” electron on the satellite. So while this is a huge step forward in our understanding of space & time, it may be another few decades before we’re sending more than a single atom.
That’s not to say it’s impossible. Barely more than 100 years ago, we didn’t have nuclear power, airplanes, the ability to get to space, cell phones, or any of the technologies that have warped our planet. In another 100 years, we may well be teleporting 3D-printed food from a factory off-world directly into our homes.
So, what do you think? Is this an exciting breakthrough that will lead us into a new age of human evolution? Or is it just a pipe dream? Let us know in the comments below!
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