A Slice of Fried Gold

Teleportation? Yes please.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Beam ME up Scotty!


All my life I've pretty much dreamt of teleportation. Think about how convenient that would be? Want to go to Italy? Snap your fingers, you're there. Dying to go to Bonnaroo to see that crazy awesome lineup? Done and done. Hell, do you live in Alaska and simply never want to deal with cold again? Teleport baby!

Well the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland is trying to make this possible for you, according to this article from Time.

Actually, not really. They're really just looking to prove that the concept is possible, and they mostly have, making atoms jump as far as one meter in distance while maintaining the exact same structure. Which is super freaking cool, but as one of the scientists in the article said, teleportation of human beings is simply not likely. Too many atoms, too many ways it could go wrong.

But no less, just the fact that they're moving in that direction is impossibly exciting to me. The concept of being able to go places without having travel times is amazing, and the idea of avoiding cold is probably the best concept I've ever heard of. Note to Joint Quantum Institute - I will be your guinea pig.

As long as I get my own personal teleporter when it's all said and done of course. I'm not asking for much to possibly become a odd mixture of atoms on the ground, or to become part man, part fly. I think it's a fair trade for the both of us. Let's make it happen.

2 comments:

Erik said...

Bonnaroo I'm afraid has a better lineup than Sasquatch can ever have this year. David Byrne and f'n Springsteen! What a lineup.

Anonymous said...

Um, David, I know this may come as a 'wow-I-didn't-see-that-coming' kind of shock, but you actually don't need a teleporter to get out of the cold! Ok, take a minute to process that. Just think, in this advanced day and age, it is actually possible for you, or anyone for that matter, to live the rest of your life in warm weather! Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

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