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Sir Penguin
17-06-2004, 18:48:19
Insofar as scientists have transfered information about one atom to another that in turn duplicates the state of the first atom. You may recall they did this a long time ago with photons. Two different teams, from the US and from Austria, have come up with agreeing results.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1894&e=1&u=/ap/20040616/ap_on_sc/communicating_atoms

Sir Penguin
17-06-2004, 18:50:21
I think as he wrote Ilium with pen
Dan Simmons talked about this with those men.

SP

Gary
17-06-2004, 21:00:21
Indeed. Let me know when they manage to transport a mouse.

Sir Penguin
17-06-2004, 21:06:41
Alas, I can't complete the mission set,
Because by that time you will be quite dead. :)

SP

Deacon
18-06-2004, 09:54:21
Sounds like we'll be talking to HAL soon. :)

MDA
18-06-2004, 10:55:19
Soon we'll be able to duplicate all the quantum states of all the atoms in Homer Simpson.

MDA
18-06-2004, 10:59:04
Originally posted by Deacon
Sounds like we'll be talking to HAL soon. :)

That's not HAL, that's Shakespeare!

Nills Lagerbaak
18-06-2004, 14:43:46
Interesting, I remember when the transported the photons. Now the question is, when they transfom a group of atoms in space into the group that represents a person, they have effectively duplicated you. Then they have to destroy the original set, or do they? Also the new you will have replaced some other atoms. Won't this be a problem??

King_Ghidra
18-06-2004, 15:17:05
as long as this technology can create an army of me, then it's not a problem

self biased
19-06-2004, 02:57:35
YAAAAY

Sir Penguin
19-06-2004, 04:16:20
Originally posted by Nills Lagerbaak
Interesting, I remember when the transported the photons. Now the question is, when they transfom a group of atoms in space into the group that represents a person, they have effectively duplicated you. Then they have to destroy the original set, or do they? Also the new you will have replaced some other atoms. Won't this be a problem??
They would teleport you, and then break down your source atoms into raw materials for the next teleportation.

SP

Vincent
20-06-2004, 06:17:17
Hmmm, but it's a cool idea. Instead of beaming down and killing valuable dummies in red shirts you could just send copies and delete them after they accomplished the mission

Sir Penguin
20-06-2004, 07:19:10
But then where's the suspense? There must be a drawback.

SP

MDA
20-06-2004, 18:29:25
And what of the immortal soul in such transactions? Can this machine transmit and reattach it as well? Or is it lost forever, leaving a soulless body to wander the world in despair?

Darkstar
21-06-2004, 02:37:38
You realize they only had 70% accuracy in copying the quantum state between the atoms, right? And that they were less then a quarter inch apart?

Quantum entanglement promises many good things for the military (secure communications). It could be useful for stellar and interstellar instant communication (whatever is done to one atom, is reflected in the others). But "duplicating at a distance" isn't going to happen. They have to use the SAME LASER and split it to create the entanglement.

Now, if they can take a complete snapshot of you, beam that info across to a reciever, and then build a new you based on that snapshot... it still won't be you! Quantum differences will be made manifest so that your younger sibling, under identical conditions (not going to happen, but if you could), would decide things slightly differently.

Congrats. You are unique. There will be no dupes of you. Ever. Just younger/newer copies who think slightly different from you.

MDA
21-06-2004, 12:38:12
After reading Darkstar's depressing post, I have concluded that the quantum teleportation experiment is actually a step backward. :)