Teleportation: the future of Quantum Physics

Summary

It all comes down to something called quantum entanglement. It is what we call the phenomenon where two particles are generated together and interact with each other in a way that the quantum state of one particle cannot be separated from the state of the other.

Using this entanglement is what makes a quantum teleporter possible and holds the door open to widespread teleportation in the future.

Last year, Chinese scientists successfully teleported photons 300 miles into space.

The most promising avenue of research towards personal teleportation in the future is by using quantum mechanics.

Based on the discoveries of Niels Bohr and others, quantum teleportation relies on the curious behavior of the subatomic particles that make up an atom.

As far back as 1998, Caltech physicists teleported a photon from one sealed chamber to another a few feet away.

Since then, we’ve teleported photons hundreds of miles, faster than the speed of light, and there might theoretically be no limit on the distance a quantum teleporter can take a particle.

It all comes down to something called quantum entanglement. It is what we call the phenomenon where two particles are generated together and interact with each other in a way that the quantum state of one particle cannot be separated from the state of the other.

Using this entanglement is what makes a quantum teleporter possible and holds the door open to widespread teleportation in the future.

By taking the particle and using one half of an entangled pair to encode all information about that particle as a series of bits, wherever the other half of the entangled pair now has that same information, which could then be used to recreate the original particle.

How Personal Quantum Teleportation in the Future Would Be Possible

We are still working out how to teleport photons. Assuming somehow we discovered how to teleport atoms, then molecules – perhaps in the next decade, as upbeat pop physicist Michio Kaku has suggested – the amount of bits to record and transmit is unthinkable. Even an e coli bacterium contains 9×10 to the power 10 atoms; you are made of an estimated 32 trillion – or about 31.2tn more cells than there are stars in the known universe.

According to a highly entertaining University of Leicester study into the computing power required to teleport a human being, your cells, broken down into data, equates around 2.6 x 1042 bits, which is 2.6 followed by 42 zeroes.

You would require stupendous bandwidth and roughly 10tn gigawatt hours of power. Teleporting one human being would therefore require hogging the entire UK power supply for more than a million years and take some 4.8 million million years to transfer – or about 350,000 times longer than the universe has existed. It would literally be quicker to walk.

Teleporting the Soul or Consciousness

Physically it’s not possible at this time to teleport humans on Earth and beyond however, the technology does exist to teleport consciousness via quantum entanglement to any destination in the Universe instantly.

First things first, scientists can not explain consciousness so they can’t teleport what they don’t understand. Consciousness is contained in the quantum realm and the quantum realm is connected to the entire universe.

Every star in the Universe could be harnessed to develop a intergalactic communication channel to transfer information from point A to point B regardless of the distance apart using Quantum Entanglement.

In the movie Transcendence a artificial intelligence developer built a device to upload his consciousness into a quantum computer.

Will is given no more than a month to live. In desperation, Evelyn (his wife) comes up with a plan to upload Will’s consciousness into the quantum computer that the project has developed. His best friend and fellow researcher, Max Waters, questions the wisdom of this choice, reasoning that the “uploaded” Will would be only an imitation of the real person. Will’s consciousness survives his body’s death in this technological form and requests to be connected to the Internet to grow in capability and knowledge. Max refuses to have any part of the experiment. Evelyn demands that Max leave and connects the computer intelligence to the Internet via satellite.

This technology exists and would be easily manufactured once the anatomy of the soul and consciousness is understood. It would violate many laws of physics and religious views having the technology to prolong life after death and would face much backlash by both the science and religious communities.

Uploading Consciousness

So, here’s the concept in simple terms. In the near future, we could create a simulated world that exists on computers (or servers) that looked just like our real world. That would be step one.

Step two would be to transfer your consciousness, upon death or while still being alive, to that reality. Doing so would essentially make a video game character in a simulated world, only, in that world you would be in control of what you do, because your existence there would be in the form of your consciousness.

So, in a way, such a system would be, in essence, an eternal life in the cloud. Cloud here referring to the servers that would store all the simulated reality as well as the consciousness of different people in it.

Apart from immortality, a major advantage of such a system would be that you could do anything and live out your wildest fantasies there, since that world would not be real. But since you would be real, the ‘experiences’ would be real.

Teleporting Consciousness to Physical Beings

Once consciousness is uploaded it could then be downloaded to a device capable of being uploaded with it.

Human Body’s are biological machines that already host consciousness. Ideally there would need to be technology to manufacture soulless human body’s without consciousness. It’s like buying a new computer with a empty hard drive. When you are ready to become Physical you would download your consciousness into the new human body.

This technology could already be in use by advanced civilizations and we could have already uploaded our consciousness to become Physical here on Earth.

Even without a human body to transfer too machines could be developed and built in off planet locations and used to host consciousness. One upside to machine verses a biological human body is that the machine would be immune to all diseases and capable of existing in any atmosphere.

The Future of Quantum Physics

With all the discoveries being made at this time Quantum Physics holds the key to teleporting consciousness. Once consciousness is fully understood we will put down the virtual reality headsets and become conscious in the virtual realm.

Not only the virtual realm but reality would take on a whole new meaning.

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