across the light spectrum, different forms of light create different types of impact when they reach a physical object, depending on the physical object.
in a far-away place, say, 1 light-year away, our perception of a physical object in that far-away place could be determined to contain certain elements necessary for human reproduction in the cloning sense.
different forms of concentrated light could manipulate the object that is 1 light-year away, and change the object to form a human to specifications.
of course, being 1 light-year away would mean our perception of that object, however accurate, would only be accurate for the amount of time it takes for 1 light-year to pass, which is an incredible amount of time relative to the average human life-time as of the year 2012.
however, i've heard of quantum computers that can crunch data at an astronomical rate, although possibly impossible to verify.
what i am suggesting is, use a quantum computer using probability algorithms to determine what that object will look like, and what elements it will contain by the time 1 light-year has passed, as well as the amount of time it would take for the different kinds of light across the spectrum to reach that object and manipulate the said object.
human survival in that far-away place would most likely be critical, as not all places in the universe are fit for human survival. however, using the same technology, manipulating minerals, metals, and other objects in that far-away place could create an environment fit for a human, or perhaps a few humans.
while this is not transferring a human directly at light-speed, indirectly it would be faster than any form of travel we have now. essentially it's non-instantaneous teleportation.
also highly controversial, i must admit, but in my mind it would be possible once probability algorithms are fine-tuned a little more, if that is possible.
Closing Statement from griffin tucker
yet another one of my ideas either so brilliant, or, so out-there that it's considered insanity, and nobody wishes to respond.
i'm going with the latter.