The future is already here: for the first time in the world, a team of Japanese scientists managed to implement teleportation! However, don’t get too excited just yet, it was not a human being that was teleported. It was actually a beam of light that was moved from point A to point B.
For the purpose of the experiment, Noriyuki Lee and his colleagues divided the light into elementary particles – photons. They kept only one photon that carried the information about the rest beam. This photon was entangled at the quantum level with another photon, which was located at point B.
It turned out that these two photons instantaneously affected each other, being physically located in different places. Thanks to this phenomenon, the original beam was at the same moment recreated elsewhere using the information carried by the photon.
It is interesting that the possibility of quantum entanglement of elementary particles was suggested by Albert Einstein in 1935, but in that time even the physicist himself considered his theory absurd.
However, subsequently, many physicists have agreed that quantum entanglement is real, and already in our days, some companies have created the technology of secure communication channels on the basis of this phenomenon.
Furthermore, among other things, the phenomenon of quantum entanglement might be interpreted as evidence for the existence of a plurality of parallel universes.
The possibility of teleportation
The results of these experiments seem highly promising. But still, no matter how much we would want that, the teleportation of actual living beings remains science fiction for now. Teleporting a photon in one thing, but teleporting a bacterium is a totally different story, not even mentioning the possibility of teleporting a whole living organism such as you and me!
So I’m afraid that this accomplishment doesn’t suggest that we will be able to skip the plane and teleport to the other corner of the planet anytime soon!
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