Documenting the Coming Singularity

Friday, June 22, 2007

Quantum Dots and Teleportation

The idea of transporting objects from point A to point B almost instantaneously and without travelling through physical space is not new. We have all seen it done on Star Trek and in the movie The Fly, but is it possible in the real world? Some researches believe they may have an idea about the medium to do it with: quantum dots.
According to recent research, tiny clusters of atoms known as quantum dots may be excellent media for quantum teleportation, a physics phenomenon in which information – in the form of a quantum state, a very specific mathematical “signature” of an atom – can be transmitted almost instantaneously to a distant location without having to physically travel through space. Teleportation is one facet of quantum information science, a developing field that could have a major impact on computing and communications.
We probably won't be seeing the teleportation of humans anytime soon, except in Second Life, but this is a step in the right direction.


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