Quantum teleportation uses the phenomenon of quantum entanglement as a means of transmission.
Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon where two particles are quantumly linked to each other regardless of how far apart they are. Disturbing one of the particles also disturbs the other.
Theoretically, there are really only two ways Quantum Teleportation can(’t) be done – physical deconstruction at x and reconstitution at y, or the translation of one’s person into data to be transmitted, then reconverted into matter, like some organic fax machine.
Scientists are just beginning to understand how to use the phenomenon of quantum entanglement to transfer information between the two entangled particles. They have found that a third particle can be used to entangle one of the original particles and manipulate the state of the distant particle.
It will have huge implications for a new “quantum internet” – faster, more powerful, unhackable.
Michio Kaku , American theoretical physicist maintains the technology to teleport a living person to another part of the Earth or even space could be available within decades, or at least by the next century.
Professor Kaku, known as Mr Parallel Universe for his futuristic claims, which also include the possibility of real time travel and invisibility, has studied various sci-fi technologies deemed impossible and concluded some will eventually happen.
Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists, who are already inventing the future in their labs, Kaku-in a lucid and engaging fashion-presents the revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself.
His astonishing revelations include:
The Internet will be in your contact lens. It will recognize people’s faces, display their biographies, and even translate their words into subtitles.
You will control computers and appliances via tiny sensors that pick up your brain scans.
You will be able to rearrange the shape of objects.
Sensors in your clothing, bathroom, and appliances will monitor your vitals, and nanobots will scan your DNA and cells for signs of danger, allowing life expectancy to increase dramatically.
Radically new spaceships, using laser propulsion, may replace the expensive chemical rockets of today.
You may be able to take an elevator hundreds of miles into space by simply pushing the “up” button.
Like Physics of the Impossible and Visions before it, Physics of the Future is an exhilarating, wondrous ride through the next one hundred years of breathtaking scientific revolution.
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According to a highly entertaining University of Leicester study , your cells, broken down into data, equates around 2.6 x 1042 bits, which is 2.6 followed by 42 zeroes.
You would require stupendous bandwidth and roughly 10tn gigawatt hours of power. Teleporting one human being would therefore require hogging the entire UK power supply for more than a million years and take some 4.8 million million years to transfer – or about 350,000 times longer than the universe has existed. It would literally be quicker to walk.
And after such a long wait, you might not even survive the transfer. Even the 3D printers, materials and scanners are unable to faithfully reproduce a cowpat, much less a human with their neurons, memories, thoughts or personality.
Even then, would you not be transmitting a copy? What happens to the you at point x when you at point y appears? Will original you be zapped? If so, who in their right mind would test this wondrous machine?
Yet Kaku thinks these problems are solvable – and that human teleportation may be possible within 100 or so years. He envisages a teleporter that works like an ultra high-res MRI scanner, with accuracy at the single-atom-per-pixel level.
To transmit this data, Kaku proposes using x-rays, which have super-short wavelengths and high frequencies that carry 1m times more data than normal optical fibre. Your data would be encrypted and beamed into space, bounced around a satellite network and then beamed to a quantum computer on the other side of the world to unpack.
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