Monday, February 9, 2009

You will never experience teleportation

Scientist Teleport Matter More Than Three Feet
Scientists have come a bit closer to achieving the "Star Trek" feat of teleportation.

No one is galaxy-hopping, or even beaming people around, but for the first time, information has been teleported between two separate atoms across a distance of a meter — about a yard.

This is a significant milestone in a field known as quantum information processing, said Christopher Monroe of the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland, who led the effort.
There we are: the future. Man has transmitted an atom three feet. Humans, which are 6-7 seven atoms at least, will be transported momentarily. By which I mean in a couple hundred years. Yes, yet another exclamation point on the fact that we (by which I mean me) will not experience moon bases, decent space travel, rocket boots, effete British robots or monotone crazy red eyed artificial intelligences, renewable energy, hoverboards, Han Solo telling us jumping through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, or teleportation within our lifetimes.

These concepts are relegated to "the future" again and the people of "the future" will look at us like we look at people from the 1700's, wondering how we all just didn't die of syphilis from pissing into a ditches or beating peasants or whatever the hell it was we did back in the dark ages of the early 21st century. So herald this scientific achievement, but know only your great-great grandchildren will be able to appreciate it. They probably won't appreciate it either, they'll probably just bitch about how it takes too long or makes an annoying noise or something and will completely take it for granted, like we do with the Internet, cars, and penicillin. The future is wasted on the people of the future.

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