Last week, Chinese scientists successfully teleported what was effectively a packet of information (though technically far more complicated than that) from a surface based laboratory to a satellite in orbit some 870 miles overhead. While the term teleportation has been bandied about in headlines all over the internet in the days since, what these scientists actually accomplished is more akin to sending a telegraph than it is to beaming Captain Kirk into outer space… but don’t let that fool you. This development could have huge ramifications for communications technology here on earth, and out among the stars.
“People have this ‘Star Trek’ approach,” Bill Munro, a senior research scientist at NTT’s basic research laboratory, said. “They think of atoms being teleported. What we’re moving is information from one [quantum] bit to another [quantum] bit. There’s no matter — only information. That’s hard to get your head around.”
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