Beam Me Up Scotty

Here’s an interesting story on CNN. Physicists at the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University in Denmark have teleported a macroscopic atomic object consisting of thousands of billions of atoms a distance of half a meter. Obviously, this is nothing like being transported on Star Trek. But I think it’s fascinating to see a glimmer of the technology that could tranport us great distances (at least on TV).

Even though I always thought transporters were cool, I can’t help but feel like Dr McCoy. Like him, I don’t think I would want to be transported unless I had to. I would wonder if my molecules might scatter all over the place. Then there’s the thought of me being reassembled incorrectly. Butt face comes to mind.

I guess my concerns doesn’t really matter because the breakthrough has nothing to do with transporting people. It’s actually about securely teleporting quantum information. Apparently, the transmission of quantum information can be made unconditionally secure. You can read the research article on Nature.