Would you be willing to teleport yourself? If your immediate answer is yes, you’re at the right blog. The downside, according to this article, is that you wouldn’t be able to teleport unscathed. You’d essentially reappear as a second-generation copy of yourself, not unlike a fax.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand the fax. I’ve hated fax machines since Day One. Their horrible reproduction quality, the slowness of the transfer, hearing that awful telephonic noise. What is redemptive about a fax? That’s why I’m glad email attachments have gotten big enough to send images and documents. No longer do we, as a society, need to rely on that hideous abomination, the fax machine.
But back to teleportation. The article in question states that current teleportation is only used for individual particles, and it only replicates the particle’s attributes, not an exact duplicate of the particle. Oh yeah, and it only moves the particle about a foot or two. So you could be teleported, but you would be a greatly inferior copy of yourself, and you’d only have moved a tiny distance. My hopes, high as Everest at the beginning of the article, were somewhere in Death Valley by the end. Science has failed to bring us something useful and awesome yet again. On the other hand, though, it is pretty cool that teleportation exists at all. I mean, a small chance of something is always better than no chance.
I remain optimistic.