“Jumper” & Real Teleportation

  by  |  February 12th, 2008  |  Published in All, Technology, Weird Science

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From “Star Trek” to the new sci-fi film “Jumper,” we’re all familiar with the idea of teleportation. But as this ScienCentral News video explains, scientists are actually doing real teleportation experiments in the lab.

[If you cannot see the flash video below, you can click here for a high quality mp4 video.]

Interviewee: Dave Wineland, N.I.S.T.
Produced and Edited by James Eagan
Copyright © ScienCentral, Inc.

The research used in the video was presented at the American Physical Society (March 8, 2007), and published in Physical Review Letters (June 30, 2006) and Nature (June 17, 2004). Wineland’s research is funded by NIST and the NSA.

Additional Q&A with Quantum Teleportation researcher David Wineland:

ScienCentral News: When most people think of teleportation, science fiction like Star Trek comes to mind. Is that what you’re doing?

David Wineland: The popular notion is how teleportation works in Star Trek, so in that case a human can be transported from one place to another. In quantum teleportation though we don’t actually transport matter from one place to another, we transport information. So you might say it’d be like having your twin brother some other place and we could transform your feelings your whole being to your brother through this teleportation process.

SCN: So this is different from what the characters can do in “Jumper”?

DW: The main difference is primarily that in the movie Jumper the person disappears in one place and he’s created in another place. The difference with quantum teleportation is that you have copies. It would be the same person or the twin and what you’re doing is teleporting the state of being from one place to another. So in quantum teleportation there’s no matter that’s moved, it’s the information that replaces that transfers the state of being from one location to another.

SCN: How is a quantum computer different from a ‘classical’ computer we use today?

DW: A quantum computer also has bits like a normal classic computer. One of the key differences is that in a classical computer the bit can only be in one state at a given time it could be a zero or a one and carry that information. And in a quantum computer it has the strange property which has no classical analog so it’s a little difficult to understand but the idea is it can be both zero and one at the same time. So that in a full scale quantum computer it can work on a huge number of problems at the same time since it can be in all the different states at once. The typical term is parallelism and in this case a quantum computer is able to run in parallel a large number of operations at the same time rather than a single computation in any given time.

SCN: What does that mean?

DW: To make a comparison between a quantum computer memory and a classical computer memory let’s suppose you had a memory of 300 classical bits that could roughly store a line of text. If you had a quantum computer composed of rather 300 quantum bits it could store more information than a classical computer composed of all the matter in the universe.

SCN: That would be pretty amazing, right?

DW: It would be pretty amazing. Yes.

SCN: What are the challenges in making this technology a reality?

DW: The caveat in what we do is that, although we’re able to demonstrate the features of quantum teleportation, we don’t do it very well yet. There’s some imprecision in what we do, so one of the main challenges as far as using teleporting on a quantum computer is to be able to do it with much more precision much higher accuracy. So one of the main challenges we have is to improve the accuracy of the teleportation we do. The second main challenge is to be able to do it on a very large number of quantum bits to do an interesting quantum computing algorithm.

SCN: How about Star Trek type teleportation, will that ever be possible?

DW: Well not in my lifetime, I think that’s a pretty safe bet. In principal, the basic ideas that are employed with what we do with quantum teleportation could be done to accomplish essentially what’s the teleportation in Star Trek and the movie Jumper, but again the primary difference is that in quantum teleportation we’re not transforming matter, so you need all the matter that would compose a person in one place and all the matter that would realize the person in the other location as well. So in principal it could be done but I wouldn’t invest in any quantum teleportation companies.

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  1. chad matzen says:

    January 18th, 2009 at 9:05 pm (#)

    this is not my work but it sounds like it would work BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

    This invention is a system that teleports a human being through hyperspace from one location to another using a pulsed gravitational wave traveling through hyperspace.


    FIG. 1. Perspective view of site where
    full-body teleportation occurred.

    The basis for this invention is an event, referring to FIG. 1, occurring on May 2, 2004, in which the inventor (“he”) personally experienced a full-body teleportation while walking to the bus stop (A) along a road (B) that runs perpendicular to the nearby commercial airport runways where planes are landing. There is a wide iron grating (D) for water drainage that crosses the road at the center of the bus stop. The grating width is such that one has to make a concerted effort to jump across it in order to get from one side to the other. Approximately 50 meters from the iron grating, he (E) felt a vertical wave (F), similar to a flag waving in the breeze, traveling down the street toward the bus stop. The wave velocity was about 1 meter per second, which was slightly faster than his walking speed. In the next instance, he (G) found himself down the street near the corner of the next block. Realizing that he had passed the bus stop, he turned around to see the iron grating approximately 50 meters up the street in back of him. Because there was no recollection of having jumped across the iron grating nor of having passed the bus stop’s yellow marker line, he realized that he had been teleported a distance of 100 meters while moving along with the traveling wave. It was obvious that the wave was pulsed because the front edge overtook the inventor, moved with him momentarily, and then the back edge of wave left him as it moved on down the street. While contemplating this sequence of events, he then looked up and saw in a span of a few seconds a twin-turboprop airplane (C) in the distance crossing above the road while making a shallow descent in order to land at the airport.

    It took a number of days in order to understand this sequence of events. The explanation involves knowledge of a wide range of subjects such as gravitation physics, hyperspace physics, wormhole electromagnetic theory and experimentation, quantum physics, and the nature of the human energy field.

    If you’re one of the handful of people on the planet with the necessary educational background to appreciate St. Clair’s hyperspatial quantum formulas, you’ll be fascinated to read that he draws on such facts as:

    The mass of the hyperspace energy being that resides in our bodies is 0.071 kilograms, as determined by early 20th century scientists.
    The speed of light in hyperspace is one meter per second.
    The answer as to how airplane props can generate gravitational waves that are able to shift into hyperspace ultimately lies in the Chinese form of breathing known as Chi Kung.
    The first mechanical means to produce anti-gravity was the Chakra Vortex Accelerator.
    But if all that’s a bit outside your comfort zone, you can just look in wonder at the final design for the Full-Body Teleportation System — available soon at a St. Clair Teleportation dealership near you (and they’ll all be near you via hyperspace):

    FIG. 16. Perspective view of magnetic vortex wormhole generator
    and obelisk gravitational wave generator.

    the full body teleportation system consists of the twin granite obelisks (A,B) on which are mounted near the top of each the toroidal waveguides (C,D) which produce the pulsed gravitational waves (E,F) that run the length of the obelisks. Because the gravitational wave is rotating inside the obelisk, the granite stone undergoes a very small asymmetrical compression and expansion. A cylindrical gravitational wave propagates out from each obelisk such that along the centerline between the two there is generated a plane gravitational wave. This wave enters the wormhole (H) created by the magnetic vortex generator which is located a short distance from and parallel to the obelisks. The wave is amplified by a factor of almost 1013 when it enters the hyperspace co-dimension.

  2. mike says:

    February 12th, 2009 at 12:32 am (#)

    so worm holes, they are really real huh? what about Bermuda Triangle is there really one there? i just dont understand how planes and ships just dissaper with nothing left behind….i am just really interested in this stuff and i do believe in it…anything is possible and this def. is……..Please write me back,thanks for your time.
    Sencierly yours,

  3. Kumaran Sanmugathasan says:

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    Check out this website Unitel Aerospace. They are also talking about something called Macroscopic Quantum Tunneling. It is similar to quantum teleportation. The craft is travels through hyperspace or higher dimensions or hyperspace. Website is http://www.unitel-qht.com/uni/ . I have heard of St Clairs inventions. I think he is a genius. I want to know if anyone knows his e amil address or how to contact him.

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