Just think how convenient it would be if we no longer had to drive to work every day, if we no longer needed to jump on an airplane or a bus to get across country for the holidays, or if we no longer had to wait for those unseemly delays in our pizza delivery.  Well, Chinese scientists are working to “make it so” via the miracle of transporter technology.

A group of researchers have recently announced progress in their quest for this Star Trek inspired device.  Well, sort of…

The technology they’re working on doesn’t actually move something from one place to another.  What it really does is duplicate the original object and recreate it in another place.  So I guess it’s more of a replicator technology, though it could have potential to pave the road for true transportation.

The first step in this ‘quantum technology’ was achieved back in 2010 when they managed to replicate at a distance of 10 miles.  Now, they’ve overcome some of the barriers which cause breakdown in information integrity and have gotten the thing to work at up to 60 miles.

The immediate goal with the new technology is to use it as a secure form of communication.  Due to all sorts of fancy laws of physics, the transported particles will change if they are observed, meaning that those on either end of the transmission will be aware if they’ve been hacked.  The first receivers of the new communication system will be (no surprise here) the military.

While people may not be making routine weekend trips to the Mediterranean just yet, this may be a step in the right direction.  Of course, you could always just destroy the original copy and then call it a transportation device…


Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.

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