Innovation is a key driving force that has enabled our modern civilization to become what it is today. Innovation has taken us from being simple wandering hunter gatherers and nomadic tribes all the way up to the social, military and economic revolutions that have propelled us to where we are today.
A recent Engadget article suggests that a team of Australian physicists have come up with a simple-sounding method of teleporting atoms by bringing the matter to near absolute zero temperatures. This doesn’t seem feasible for humans yet but maybe it could be for non-living matter (supplies, goods, etc) in the near future!
Man was Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek creator) way ahead of his time!
In Spain’s Canary Island chain, researchers from all over Europe generated a polarization-entagled photon pair with the twin sent over an optical free-space link to Tenerife about 144 kilometers (90 mi) away where the Ground Station of the European Space Agency acted as a receiver. Previously 13km was the record on similar experiments.
Quantum entanglement is a property of particles, such as photons, to become entangled with each other, behaving like psychically connected twins. Even at vast distances a disturbance on one affects the other. This was even predicted and labelled “spooky interaction” by Albert Einstein himself.
If this technology continues on these records, we could be seeing satellite-based quantum communication and experiments on quantum physics in space in addition to ubiquitous instantanenous communication across light years. Think of the instantaneous communication in the Star Trek TV shows over many light years.
A recent article on BBC Science News stated that British scientists presented details at the Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy Meeting in Preston, UK of a plan to see whether a Start Trek-style deflector sheild could be built to protect astronauts from radiation.
If you guys think Star Trek is for nerds and geeks, you might just be avoiding the inevitable. NASA already has a tricorder like device installed on their orbitting satellite around Mars.
Now I’m waiting for Warp drive (theoretically possible), transporters (E=mc^2, so it’s possible), Replicator technology (E=mc^2, so it’s possible), and my favorite technology that will put all current virtual simulations to shame : THE HOLODECK!