Naeem Ikram

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Human Teleportation - Is it possible?

Ever since the wheel was invented more than 5,000 years ago, people have been inventing new ways to travel faster from one point to another. The chariot, bicycle, automobile, airplane and rocket have all been invented to decrease the amount of time we spend getting to our desired destinations. Yet each of these forms of transportation share the same flaw: They require us to cross a physical distance, which can take anywhere from minutes to many hours depending on the starting and ending points.

But what if there were a way to get you from your home to the supermarket without having to use your car, or from your backyard to the International Space Station without having to board a spacecraft? There are scientists working right now on such a method of travel, combining properties of telecommunications and transportation to achieve a system called teleportation.
De-materialization of human body is possible?

Closing Statement from Naeem Ikram

I thank everybody for the contribution in this discussion and specially Mr. Meher. The outcome of this discussion is so far was an assumption already, but it would be fair enough to accept the fact that DE-materialization of human body is no where near to possible. May be in coming centuries for Humans. Good luck "Homo Sapiens" !!

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    May 22 2011: how about acoustic levitation..les chance of losing parts...:)))
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      May 24 2011: far that i know Acoustic Levitators are being used today for Anti-Gravity effects by NASA today. May be some illusionists use them today also. :)
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    May 21 2011: hmmm, there was a time when I would have thought it not probable, but there may be ways. One possibility is not to dematerialize objects but instead to manipulate space/time. the quickest travel between two points is not a straight line but a folded one. the universe is flat(ish) and we have observed that it becomes bent when mass is present, this is where gravity emerges, large objects distort space/time. If you imagine the universe to be flat like a trampoline, and paint a picture on the surface, then place a heavy body on it, the picture distorts as the weight of the object exerts a downward force, this is what we see when we look at massive bodies on the universe. now, if you take a piece of paper and draw too points at opposite ends called Point A, and Point B, the concept of immediate travel is illustrated by folding the paper so that the too points meet instead of drawing a connecting linear line.
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      May 22 2011: Naeem, the telecomunication teleportation is quantum teleportation[1]. The short version of what happens is that the information about a particle at A is transfered to a particle at B without moving the particle at A to B, at the same time as the particle at A loses all information about what it previously was. It's not as simple as destructively scaning an object at A, sending information to B through the teleline, and reconstructing it from new material at B though. Which clearly not would be what you are after. What happens is somthing much more like the teleportation that you are after, and it should in principle be possible to do it for larger objects.

      The main problem is that the complexity of the teleporation grows quickly with the number of particles involved and a humans consists of A LOT of particles. In case it one day would be possible to use similar techniques for macroscopic objects, I would say that everyone that tried it would be quite brave as it is impossible to know if it actually is the same thing that comes out at the other end, or if it is a copy. You have to experience it yourself to know if it truly is you that comes out at the other end. Watching someone else going thorugh the same thing doesn't help much as it may be that you just see a perfect copy coming out at the other end.

      [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_teleportation
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        May 24 2011: According to Quantum teleportation research. Teleportation is the name given by internal linkscience fiction writers to the feat of making an object or person disintegrate in one place while a perfect replica appears somewhere else. How this is accomplished is usually not explained in detail, but the general idea seems to be that the original object is scanned in such a way as to extract all the internal linkinformation from it, then this information is transmitted to the receiving location and used to construct the replica, not necessarily from the actual material of the original, but perhaps from atoms of the same kinds, arranged in exactly the same pattern as the original. A teleportation machine would be like a fax machine, except that it would work on 3-dimensional objects as well as documents, it would produce an exact copy rather than an approximate facsimile, and it would destroy the original in the internal link process of scanning it. A few science fiction writers consider teleporters that preserve the original, and the plot gets complicated when the original and teleported versions of the same person meet; but the more common kind of teleporter destroys the original, functioning as a super transportation device, not as a perfect replicator of souls and bodies. But scientists are working on this science fiction created phenomena to create replicas of atoms and photons. In terms it thought to violate the uncertainty principle of Quantum Mechanics.
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          May 24 2011: O, blasted entropy! Bane of our transmissions! If only we could figure out how to get the toothpaste back in the bottle!
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      May 22 2011: As far as the general theory of relativity is concerned Meher's answer is a theoretically possible solution. By accumulating mass in the correct way in space a wormhole[2] that conects two otherwise distant points in space with each other could be created. It would probably not be what you want to use to get to the supermarket though, as it would distort space on earth. Rather it would be a possible solution for connecting distant galaxis with each other.

      Both solutions are in the current theoretical frameworks of quantum physics and the general theory of relativity respectively possible. But the actuall implementation is science fiction.

      [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wormhole
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        May 22 2011: "But the actuall implementation is science fiction."
        agreed
        I do have a "but" though.
        All modern unified theory models propose at least 10 dimensions. I wouldn't be surprised if it was found, say with either M, String, or Superstring, theories that quarks for instance traveling from one end of a table to the other may first circle Mars to do so may turn up some interesting experimental insights when all is said and done. My money is placed on the Calabi-Yau shapes of the multi dimensional universes connecting like complicated Mobius Strips to everything, a totally unified universe, in which every point is connected to every other point effectually making our universe a multidimensional projection of a single point (in essence a single dimension). rather than use the principles of general relativity to warp space and time, we may find that at the plank level we can open up doors to every corner of the universe and walk right through.
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          May 24 2011: Meher i agree with your "but" too :) and i would like to put some golden words from Einstein here
          Albert Einstein said:
          * Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
          * Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
          * Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
          * Imagination is more important than knowledge.

          And George Bernard Shaw said that the "imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
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        May 24 2011: " Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

        You implying something? hahahaha

        I jive with a lot of Al's philosophies, (do you think he'd mind if i called him Al.....to familiar?"
        Smart man he was.
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    May 20 2011: all of it seems it would require to move at the speed of light( i could be worng) and in order to do that you would need the same mass of a light particle ( i could be worng) so unless you could reduce your mass to that, it would seem unlikely.
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    May 20 2011: maybe jaunte
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    May 20 2011: invent me something that can text smells or tastes through phones or other communication and i'll think it's possible.
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    May 18 2011: If the Resurrection is true and Jesus walked thru closed doors then probably his molecules were vibrating at a different harmony than our world does. After all neutrinos do penetrate the earth ?
  • May 18 2011: I also think about the possibilities, even if we just could teleport goods. I think it is possible in theory and given the complexity of such task it could take centuries of scientific progress to even start thinking about it?
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    May 18 2011: i dont ever see it happening.
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      May 18 2011: But then if we lived 100 years ago then you wouldn't have see me replying to your comment on a small box while listeing to a choice of 1000 albums in the middle of the English countryside.Anything is possible!