Why Can’t People Teleport?

from Wired

LET’S FACE IT: Nobody likes to travel.

Whether they’re traveling to get to an exotic location for vacation or traveling to work on a daily commute, nobody actually likes the part where they have to travel. The people who say they like to travel probably mean they like to arrive. That’s because being somewhere can be really fun: seeing new things, meeting new people, getting to work sooner so you can go home early and read physics books. The actual traveling part is usually a drag: getting ready, rushing, waiting, rushing some more. Whoever said “it’s the journey, not the destination” clearly never had to sit in traffic every day and never got stuck in a middle seat on a transatlantic flight.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a better way to get to places? What if you could just appear where you want to go, without going through all the places in between?

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  1. This article piqued my interest because I have to wake up every day to commute to college, and it sucks even though it is just a 30-minute drive. If I could teleport, I would because traveling has so many disadvantages. In my case, it saves a ton of money, but commuting overall is a drag. Except on trips, I always seem to enjoy the airplane rides, probably because I am not an avid flyer. The downside to my commuting experience involves paying tolls every day, traffic, parking, and unforeseen events. Teleporting would be awesome, but I believe humans are far from teleportation a reality. After reading the article, “Why Can’t People Teleport” all of its possibilities seem very interesting but aren’t very promising after analyzing each one. Traveling at light speed stood out the most to me because of the shows and animations I’ve seen in regards to moving quicker than the speed of light. Specifically the flash and how he defies the laws of physics because anything that contains mass cannot possibly travel at the speed of light. This ranks number one on my list of possibilities to teleport. The second on my list is teleporting through a transmitter and receiver and as the article stated transmitting molecules and particles to a set destination. My vision upon that possibility also includes society owning their machines to save the hassle of traveling. For example, a patient that desires to get surgery with a world-renowned doctor can easily teleport to their office instead of traveling and wasting money. Some concerns I foresee are the regulation for teleportation methods. Traveling at lightspeed could promote criminal activity/ While transmitters could potentially be hacked and abused for their purpose. Above all teleportation could further benefit society but will need some sort of regulation and monitoring to ensure it is not exploited in a negative way like many of today’s technologies are.

  2. The question of whether people can teleport and if I would like to have that ability is a question that I think everyone has at least thought about at least once. When someone is asked “If you had to pick a superpower, which one would you pick?”, one of the first abilities I think of is the ability to teleport. It would remove so many problems that I personally face, such as gas prices, being late to certain events and being stuck in traffic. The first line in the article, “Nobody likes to travel” is true in my opinion. The excitement of getting to your destination is what makes the travel to said destination bearable. I do not like to be in busy airports where I have to deal with waiting to get my luggage from baggage claim while I’m surrounded by hundreds of people, but knowing the fun I’m going to have when I leave the airport and settle down is what the annoying travel worth it. The truth of the matter is that even when you are a child, you have the thought in the back of your mind that all the superpowers you see in the cartoons or Marvel movies really do not exist in the real world. The article brings you up and lets you down by completely shutting down the physical probability of teleportation as impossible. Though the idea of being in New Jersey and snapping your fingers and all of a sudden you’re in Canada seems crazy now, I believe that if we could go back 600 years ago and tell Christopher Columbus that he did not have to go back and forth between Italy and Spain to receive letters, but that there is technology that lets you receive messages from anyone in the world almost instantly in the present time, him along with everyone in that time too would denounce it as an impossibility. A fact in the world that we live in today is that technology will keep on improving, and maybe the idea of teleportation could change from being able to go anywhere in the world instantaneously, to the idea of getting to your destination in the shortest amount of time by taking the fastest means possible. China recently has developed a bullet train for its high speed rail that can travel 373 miles per hour, a speed that was seen as unfathomable years ago, and if technology and travel continues to improve, it is very possible that we can see means of transportation that is not short of our idea of teleportation in the near future.

  3. The article basically goes over how literal transportation isn’t really possible. It breaks down all the ideas as to why we can’t break down our particles and send ourselves somewhere else like they do in the movies. It also goes over ways we can make something similar to teleportation. This alternative can simulate teleportation so we can satisfy our want for a teleportation device in the future. The idea is to send a quantum copy of yourself to your desired location. This seems cool and all, but I was kinda let down to hear this is the best we can do.
    This article made me think of the idea of time travel. Is it possible? The article https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/time-travel/en/ describes how it is in fact possible. Except yet again, it is not like how we imagine. We can not travel 1,000 years in the future or past. That’s only in the movies. We are able to experience different rates of time depending on how fast you’re travelling. The faster you travel the slower you experience time. We on earth experience time at a rate of 1 second per second. Planes and satellites experience time at different rates due to their different speed and the strength of gravity.
    Hollywood has created a lot of misconceptions when it comes to things in real life. For example in the movie Jaws, it depicted sharks as evil monsters. In reality they can be dangerous, but not as depicted in the movies. Another myth that Hollywood created was that we only use about 10 percent of our brains. The reality is that we use all of our brains. The only exception is if you have a medical condition which disables you. https://bestlifeonline.com/hollywood-health-myths/ Another myth I find amusing is how medical movies use cpr and the defibrillator as a solution for 90% of the problems.

  4. Teleportation would be yet another technological landmark that would prove that great human minds can produce anything with enough time and dedication. However, I think there are certain factors in the invention process and the application of the invention into our lives that most people are failing to take into account. To start off, the universe is constantly expanding/moving at 50,400 mph per million light-years. The reason that this is relevant to teleportation is that if we were do literally teleport things/people into a certain wormhole, there would probably be some sort of a coordinate grid over our universe of where to send them. Logically speaking, since we are moving across the universe, if the universe were to teleport you through a wormhole to the exact location that you were at the time you hit the start button, you would get teleported into empty space seconds later. I theorize that time travel would also work the same way in that since we are moving in the universe, we would never be in the same place twice therefore wormholes are not smart enough to send us where we want to go. Unlike a wormhole, high speed travel relies on staying on the earth through the force of its gravity. Now I’m not completely sure of the validity of my theory about how the wormhole would not work, but I do believe experimenting with some type of high-speed travel through our air with people’s particles never leaving the atmosphere would be a lot safer. Furthermore, yes teleportation would, make you Hawaii getaway more convenient as you are there in seconds, no TSA line, no traffic, and no sitting for hours on end in a chair designed for toddler. However, thinking of the fruits of the invention as if they will be available to the general public once teleportation is invented is just silly. In the near future after we finally can master teleportation, I believe it will be tool used by militaries and powerful government figures for very serious business. I would go out on a limb and guess that when a teleporter enters a market for sale to the public it will cost tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars once it is invented, meaning that only the ultra-wealthy bohemian grove crowd will have access to such a luxury at any point in time. That and even if there was a way hundreds of years later to make them to where everyone could afford one, imagine 12 billion people being able to fly at light speed across a world air space at all times. It would be a nightmare.

  5. Reading the title of the article was at first ridiculous to me. My initial thoughts were that the idea of teleportation is totally against the laws of physics. Additionally, we do not have the proper technology to teleport and we are nowhere near close to developing it. As I was reading the article, my initial thoughts were not changed at all. The article says there are two ways that teleportation is possible.
    They say that a teleportation device would need to travel at the speed of light or shorten the distance between where one currently is and where they want to go. The first option will never be a possibility no matter how much the author tries to justify it. As they acknowledge, there are many confounding factors for why this would not work. Unfortunately, if you weigh too much, you can travel at the speed of light. The technology they talk about is also completely unrealistic. Rebuilding your body with new particles does not seem like a possibility no matter how forward thinking people can be.
    The second way they say this is possible is for a machine to scan you and make a quantum copy of you to teleport. I do not care how good we are as humans at developing and using technology. To say this idea is far-fetched is an absolute understatement. The second option sounds good in theory but in practice, but as the author keeps trying to explain it, the idea sounds more and more ridiculous. How does the author think a wormhole or portal can be designed and actually be safe for others to use? Articles like this are really disturbing to me. Imagine a child reading this and getting excited about the possibility of teleportation. It does not matter how good the author’s intentions were. This proposal and publication of this information can be dangerous by giving people a false sense of reality. I will appreciate the first amendment and specifically the freedom of speech in America. However, sometimes I wish articles like this could get flagged for how ridiculous they are.

  6. This article interested me because I have always thought about having the ability to teleport. Whenever someone asks me what superpower I would choose if I could have one, I always say teleportation. Teleportation would just remove so many of the daily problems that we go through in our lives. If we had the ability to teleport, we would not have to sit in traffic, waste countless hours on an airplane, or even pay for gas. This article essentially discusses the physics behind the possibility of teleportation. The teleportation that most of us think of is snapping your fingers and appearing in a different location. According to the article, instantaneous teleportation is impossible. “Unfortunately, physics has some pretty hard rules about anything happening instantaneously. Anything that happens (an effect) has to have a cause, which in turn requires the transmission of information.” While at this moment in time, teleportation seems like such a far-fetched possibility, I would not be surprised that we eventually find a way. In this day and age, technology is constantly improving. I am sure that people from 100 years ago could not even imagine some of the things we have now. For example, when the first car was invented in 1886, people back then would not have imagined the possibility of self driving cars. Because of how fast technology is evolving and improving in these times, I feel like it is hard to say that teleportation is impossible. While the article right off the bat says that instantaneous teleportation is impossible, it leaves a little room open for the possibility of teleportation traveling at light speed. However, according to the article, we are too massive and heavy to ever travel at the speed of light. “First, it would take an enormous amount of time and energy just to accelerate all the particles in your body (whether assembled or broken up somehow) to speeds that are close to the speed of light. And second, you would never get to the speed of light. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve been dieting or working on your CrossFit; nothing that has any mass can ever travel at the speed of light.” As I said before, while teleportation right now seems highly unlikely, I would never say that it is impossible because of the exponential technological advancements in our world today.

  7. Before if someone would have asked me for my favorite súper power I would have said flying. Now after reading this article I thought about all the benefits of teleportation and I would definitely choose it. No more gasoline, climate change would be benefited in an unimaginable way. Also we would finally put an end to the immigration problem. The problem would be so big that we would finally give up and accept tbt everyone should be able to move around the planet with the only limitation being private property. Traffic and airports would be over. It sounds perfect, but even though I don’t know much more about the topic I think it is impossible. Theoretically it can be done, but it is easy to put it in paper, actually doing it is a hole different story.

  8. Discovering the most efficient means of travel between two points has always been a subject where whatever method currently reigns supreme will eventually be surpassed by another method; at one point riding on horseback was seen as the most effective travel. As humans continue to push this boundary of how quickly can one travel from one place to another, what is the limit that we will hit. This article suggests that the fastest method of transportation imaginable is teleportation. The article also brings up many hypothetical situations on how this could be done; this ranges from wormholes to teleportation machines, yet the one hypothetical that struck a chord with me the most was the particle beaming. This stuck out to me because it seems like the most feasible, yet not in the way that the article put it. Essentially, the article said that to do this, every photon in the human body would be scanned, and then sent to another scanning station where the particles would them be reconstructed in the same exact manner as they first were. Many moral questions arose as a result of this, like would “you” really be “you”, or just a copy of yourself. This got me thinking, if people are not going to consider themselves “themselves” post-particle reconstuction, then I believe there is a much easier way to go about this. This would be through a hypothetical process in which an individual could, in a sense, upload their brain (characteristics, mannerisms, personality, etc.) onto a computer, which would then send this to another computer on mars (or any planet for that matter) where the user’s brain files would be combined with a highly realistic robot, and then the person who got beamed could live through the robot. Considering the distinct characteristic that separates humans from any other species in the universe is our consciousness, the transfer of this counciousness between bodies could be considered “teleportation”. In addition, there are many advantages to this method. For instance, one of the main issues with humans surviving in space would be the lack of oxygen. Welp, if you do not have lungs, you do not need oxygen, which could save us from needing to manually create an ozone layer or something. Of course this is all hypothetical, yet it is a morally thought provoking topic, as well as a massive engineering problem.

  9. Teleportation has been in movies and tv shows for as long as I can remember. Whether it be a teleportation device or a superpower, transportation has always been on the list of futuristic ideas that could one day become a reality. Along with flying cars and time machines, transportation has always been fiction because the idea of it becoming reality is far fetched. The logistics of going back in time or instantly being transported somewhere else is cloudy. There is no question that teleportation would be useful in every aspect of life. It would have a great impact on transportation in general; transportation businesses would struggle or even go out of business completely. If there are teleportation devices, then there is no need to take a bus or an airplane to travel if you can get to your destination almost instantaneously. Shipping and delivery companies would also go out of business because anything less than a couple of seconds would be unacceptable, no matter where in the world you are shipping from. But as technology advances, so do the ideas of criminals. Illegal activities could increase in number and be harder to stop. If someone is robbing a bank, they don’t need to devise a plan to get inside the bank. They could simply teleport into the vault in less than a second. On top of that, they could teleport out without being seen by security guards. The implications of teleportation are far reaching, and although the benefits can be exciting, the downsides are scary.

    It is physically impossible to transport yourself instantaneously to another location. Nothing with mass can be moved instantly, the fastest it can go is the speed of light. Your body is made up of particles like protons and neutrons, and they have mass. It takes energy to get particles to move, and a lot of energy to move fast. But it would take an infinite amount of energy to get them to move at light speed. A human would never be able to transport their body, even if all the particles separated, at the speed of light or anywhere near as fast. Nevertheless, a faster mode of transport that is similar to teleporting would be to get scanned. You can scan your body and then transmit the information to a receiver via photons, which can move at light speed because it doesn’t have any mass. One the receiver obtains your information, a 3-D printer of sorts would then build a copy of you using new particles. This is the closest we would get to the science fiction idea of teleportation with the technology we currently have. The only question is whether this copy of you is actually you. Would your clone be you or just your clone?

  10. I honestly feel as though the author here is projecting their personal opinions in the first paragraph of the article. Some people do enjoy traveling and by that, I mean that they enjoy arriving at the airport, the plane ride. So, I believe it is careless to say that “everybody” does not enjoy traveling, it is putting words in other people’s mouths or speaking for them with one’s own personal opinions and ideas. I personally love traveling and yes, I mean waking up at 3 am to go to the airport, waiting 2 hours to get on the plane, arriving, and everything in between. I do, however, think about being able to teleport almost every day when walking around on campus. I mean the stairs are really steep and my classes are mainly on the 3rd floor, so it would be nice to just teleport into my seat.
    I have never believed that teleportation in regard to being in one place at one minute and then somewhere totally different in the next, but I find it interesting that teleportation is not completely impossible. I also find it interesting that the two options for teleportation are very similar to what has been depicted in movies and television shows. If you think about it, movies and television have never actually said that when their character teleports, it is instantaneous. Humans have just simply implied this because the scene cuts from one to another. Additionally, the second option for teleportation involves was is essentially a portal, which has been a staple in many movies and television shows such as Wizards of Waverly Place.
    What I did get from this article is that the idea of teleportation is just that, an idea, a theory, something that could happen one day, but no time soon, and I am not surprised by that. At the moment, humans are struggling to understand the internet and what it is truly capable of. Humans have also only discovered 5% of the ocean. It is very possible that we are not even the only life form in this universe. There is a lot to be discovered about many things and only time will tell what the future holds. Technology is still a very fresh and evolving industry that is making leaps and bounds every single day. The introduction of self-driving cars points toward a future where cars can fly, such as Back to the Future. Everything comes down to science and research and development. Time is needed to sort these kinds of theories out. If I am being fair, modern-day physics is based on the physics of the past. New laws and ideologies are needed to create time travel and teleportation.

  11. In the first paragraph the author stated a universal truth, that one may like traveling but hates the actual process of it. I travel a lot and the one thing that I dread is the process of packing and going to the airport and sitting for 5-12 hours. The best part of traveling is actually arriving and being able to experience new things. I would love to actually teleport, because then it would make traveling more appealing. Teleportation has been a topic in film for years. One of the most known movies, Back to the future, is centered around teleportation. Granted, it is focused more on teleporting to the past, and that is on another level but in the end it does include going from one destination to another. Teleportation is also also seen in the Avengers franchise. The audience loves to view things that include teleportation and just the things that are unattainable in the real world. As the author has stated, the law of physics just simply makes it impossible to instantaneously go from one destination to another. The fastest one would be able to go is at the speed of light and even then how would that happen? It may seem impossible now but who knows with the technological advancements and the research, there could possibly be a way to shorten the distance between two destinations. I think that is more plausible than teleportation itself, but it is the next best thing.

  12. If I could have one superpower I would want to be able to teleport. It seems very convenient to be able to travel where ever you wish at any time within seconds. Teleportation would allow for business meetings overseas to commence more efficiently, and every day travel much quicker. But alas, physics permits teleportation to not be possible. I have never really thought about the science behind teleportation, other than the principles that prevent someone from traveling with the snap of a finger. I first learned that the speed of light is different than the speed of gravity. I find the physics of space to be extremely fascinating. The idea that there are galaxies that go on forever is daunting. Maybe one day, teleportation in some form will be possible. In fact, there are airline companies like United and American that have plans to make super sonic jets that will allow people to fly from London to New York in 3 1/2 hours. With this technology in the future, the idea of teleportation becomes more possible. The flight time isn’t instantaneous, but it is a start. According to the article, it seems that one of the most realistic solutions to teleportation is an electronic scanning and re-printing of the human body. 3D printing technology has increased dramatically over the last ten years. With this technology, it is possible to print prosthetics and even parts of the human body. This 3D printing, teleportation concept would scan the particles in your body and print you somewhere else. It wouldn’t be an exact copy, but it would allow you to be across the world quickly. One question I have is would it be you in the person’s head? For instance, if someone wanted to go to Italy and they were scanned and printed there, it would be a second version of them- almost a clone in a way. What is the point of cloning yourself if you can’t even enjoy Italy as yourself? Even then, if someone proceeds to copy themselves often for a business meeting or something, then there would be even more versions of that one person. I find this all interesting to think about and consider for the future.

  13. Teleportation has potential to be the most useful super-power. The ability to disappear and appear somewhere else would always be useful no matter the situation. Teleportation would allow you to travel wherever you would want to go, free of charge. The first thing that would be a distant memory is traffic. Every day I commute to school, traffic on the highway is borderline obnoxious. What should be a thirty-minute drive triples in time all because of construction, accidents, or just people driving slowly. Now if I had the ability to teleport, I would be at school and back in the blink of an eye. I would be able to wake up as late as I want, in fact I would be able to go to class, teleport home, take a nap, and teleport back. I would also save a lot of money on gas. In general, paying for a trip wouldn’t be necessary either. In fact today, I just spent $170 for a train trip down south. If I could teleport, I would be $170 richer right now. Though resort prices aren’t altered, plane tickets are useless now so your expensive trip to Japan isn’t as expensive anymore. When ranking all superpowers, teleportation isn’t on the top of my list despite the advantages that I just named. The best part about seeing a superhero movie is imaging how much fun it would be to have those abilities. This is why characters like spiderman and superman are fan favorites. Growing up, there was nothing I wanted to do more than be able to swing around the city like spiderman, fly at the speed of a speeding bullet like superman, or have the speed to run between the ticks of a second like the flash. Though incredibly useful, teleporting around just doesn’t seem as fun as some other powers. With this said however, long trips aren’t the worse thing ever. One of the best parts of a trip is the journey getting there, in my experiences at least. Those long highway trips with your family bring upon conversations that you really can’t find anywhere else.

  14. As technology continues to grow at a rapid pace in the 21st century many are rethinking ideas of science fiction and wondering if they could become a reality. In the case of teleporting, there are several things that are problematic but also some possible ways that teleporting could come to fruition. The most significant obstacle is that there is not a known way of bending space-time or accessing dimensions other than the ones that are known to us. This means that humans, in order to teleport, would have to travel to destinations extremely quickly or at least as close to the speed of light as possible. The main problem with this is that humans have mass and anything with mass will be able to travel anywhere close to the speed of light. The best way of teleporting that could likely be possible is the idea of scanning and rebuilding from particles. This would mean to teleport a human being, an exact replica of that human would have to be made.

    While this is an exciting possibility it does not come without its own problems. In terms of business law, there could be ethical conflicts involved in a situation like this. This idea of teleportation is similar to the idea of cloning and could create a dilemma on whether or not this is a good idea for human beings. If one’s cells are not unique they could be made indistinguishable from a replica of one’s self. Ethically this is not a good idea because it creates the possibility of cloning or rebuilding humans with traits that are desirable and could warp the reality of what it means to be a human being. Humans without imperfections are not truly and organically human as they are a replica of a human with desirable traits. Many would argue that even if this technology becomes possible it should not be implemented for these ethical reasons. This could lead to considerable legal challenges with this method of teleportation even if it is technologically possible. Overall, the possibility exists that certain methods of teleportation, specifically ones that do not need to open up wormholes or involve transporting human beings at the speed of light, can be feasible. However, there will likely be significant legal, moral, and ethical challenges with the possibilities that remain. For this reason, it remains unlikely that teleportation will be possible or widespread in the near future.

  15. As technology continues to grow and change from what it used to be, the possibilities of things such as teleportation get more into view every year as we continue to innovate and create different technology that wasn’t even possible a few years prior. I personally really like the idea of the creation of teleportation even though it will most likely not be available in the times when I need it (right now) where it is quite expensive in airline flights to travel home to Texas to see my family where a few second trip through a wormhole would be quite nice. Although the price is a big factor of travel the amount of time and toll on your body is the other thing that needs to be taken into account for type of transportation. I for sure feel quite soar and stiff after a 4 hour flight home, but along with quicker times for travel, would there be any other long lasting factors of this type of travel? It is way too early in the thinking of this technology to even consider what long lasting affects this could have when were mostly focused on seeing if its even possible, but we will most likely know when it is starting to be tested. I am all about this idea of quicker transportation, but the toll on a human body it can take also needs to be thought about before moving forward with testing and even the thinking of the idea, if its possible

  16. If you have teleportation you can solve a lot of problems. Want to travel, teleport to various attractions, and do not need a visa! Miss home, teleport to home, accompany mom and dad to have a meal.

    In fact, we are not unfamiliar with the scene of instant transmission, they often appear in film and television works, its principle is also multifarious.

    Current physics only allows quantum states to teleport, not physical particles, so even if we overcome other technical challenges, it remains to be seen whether we can teleport sentient beings like humans.

    Over time, we can transfer things will become more complicated. Perhaps one day we can overcome the above-mentioned techniques and theoretical difficulties, and realize people’s instantaneous transmission.

  17. This was a fun article to read. Whenever someone is talking about something in the future, it grabs everyone’s attention. In this case we have the topic of teleporting. In science fiction movies and shows, the idea of teleportation has been shown and viewed by many people and they are amazed by the idea. If you think about all the time and money that transportation would save you every single day. There could be some very big benefits such as a reduction of transportation cost, reduction on time spent traveling. If you were to get really in depth, one could argue that this could help reduce carbon emissions and the footprint that certain transportation systems have. I remember certain long trips that I had in the past and how I wished teleportation existed. Spending 10 hours on a plane is not anyone’s favorite experience. Teleportation would certainly save me the pain of spending 10 hours on a plane and also the physical and monetary cost of being on the plane. I am sure that I am not alone on these thoughts of long transportation rides. I am sure that the majority agree with me that transportation is no fun and life would be so much easier and convenient if we could just teleport to where we want to go. So much time would be saved and life could be much simpler. There would be no need for buses, cars, planes, boats, or any other forms of transportation. However there are always some negative after effects to consider. First of which, over nine percent of employment in the United States is from transportation. So by going through this path of teleportation over transportation, you are putting millions of people out of jobs and left unemployed. At this point if millions are left unemployed, this could cripple the United States’s economy which would also cripple the entire world.
    Ultimately, teleportation is very long away and likely will not become a thing. There are way to many problems whether it is an ethical, social, or economic problem. However the biggest problem is something called physics. Whether you are for this new scientific exploration or completely against it, everyone will answer to the laws of physics. It is pretty clear that this would defy the laws of physics thus being nearly impossible to make a reality. The debate can go on, however this technology will not be out for a long time or if ever.

  18. The article, “Why Can’t People Teleport?”, immediately caught my attention. How great would it be if people no longer had to waste precious time commuting or traveling by car, bus, train, or plane, but could be beamed to any destination simply by pressing a button, just like in the Star Trek movies, i.e., not only information would be transmitted wirelessly, but also material? Personally, I hate to travel. There is always an extreme amount of time wasted in the car, on the plane, at the airport, or on the train. As beautiful as the idea of being in a faraway place from one second to the next may be, the realization of this desire is impossible, at least in the near future. Never say never. But if it could be realized by unbelievable technological progress to teleport a person or an object from one place to another place, this process would bring ethical conflicts with it in my opinion. Teleportation typically involves dematerializing an object at one point and sending the details of its precise atomic configuration to another location, where that information can then be used to construct an exact replica. In one sense, we teleport information at the macroscale using classical mechanics all the time—think your average fax machine. So, let’s assume that teleportation works and a person can, for example, teleport from New York to Munich in a fraction of a second at the push of a button… With what certainty could you then assume that the same person who starts the journey in New York is the same person who arrives in Munich? The person would look the same on the outside, but what about the personality? And where do people who get lost during the teleportation process between the two locations end up? Maybe in a wormhole? As impossible as teleportation is to realize, the more beautiful it is to deal with the thought if it could be realized despite the physical laws.

  19. This article caught my attention right away as this is something I have always thought about. The thought of being able to go on vacation without the travel, especially an eight hour flight or some long road trip, would be amazing. I’ve used to have a conversation with my father about wishing we could just blink and be at our final destination along with everything we needed. I personally find the worst part of travel is the way back. There is no anticipation of a vacation destination it’s just a long way back just to go back to one’s regular life schedule. The amount of time spent in traffic, waiting in an airport, and waiting for actual departure can be very annoying. Teleportation would also be great for even just getting to work or school. There would be more time in the morning to get ready and not have to worry so much about running late.
    In general, not only would teleportation be a great time saver, it would also save a lot of money. So much money is wasted on putting gas in a car, buying tickets for a plane, or even on bus or train tickets. Although the idea of teleportation is great, I do not think it will ever be achievable no matter how much the world moves forward in technology. Hating traveling will always be something people will have in common forever. But, this idea of teleportation is always nice to think about.

  20. The article “Why can’t people teleport?”, got my attention right away. I was always fascinated with the idea of being able to travel from one place to another instantly. I always find it so inconvenient when I am sitting in traffic to get to where I need to be. While this idea has been around for over a century, it is simply impossible for someone to teleport somewhere else right away. Whether we like it or not, the idea of instantaneous speed is just impossible. The article explains how it is not possible for any physical object to achieve the speed of light. In fact, it would not even be possible for human beings to travel anywhere near the speed of light because of our body mass. Although it is impossible for us to physically travel at the speed of light, the article stays that there is one way for us to teleport at the speed of light. Through scanning a person through photons, since they do not have mass and therefore can travel at light speed. While this is currently impossible for us to achieve, we have made great strides in scanning and also 3D printing. According to the article, modern MRI technology is now capable of scanning a person’s body to just 0.1 millimeters. This is also known as a quantum copy of someone. However, there is one issue with this idea, which is that there can possibly be many of the same persons being copied when teleported since the teleportation machine is used to copy a person with the exact same particles to get to their destination almost instantaneously. It would be amazing to be able to teleport anywhere I wanted around the world in such short periods of time in my life, but I think that we are not going to see teleportation being used anytime soon.

  21. The power of teleportation was a concept that was at one point a fantasy, but over the recent years, people have theorized how it could be a possibility. The article “Why Can’t People Teleport?” discusses the future and questions surrounding if teleportation is a future method of travel. Theoretically, teleportation would be great because traveling can be very time-consuming and expensive. For example, teleportation would be helpful in travel across different countries/continents because if teleportation was proven to be safe, it would reduce risks that are presented in airplane travel. It would also be accelerated at the speed of light (3*10^8 m/s), which is by far faster than any other source of travel imaginable. Teleportation would also eliminate the time consumption in other factors that don’t include the physical time transporting. Teleportation would eliminate people from sitting in traffic, stoplights, passing an excessive amount of security, and long lines amongst some issues that are caused by travel in today’s society.

    The problem with all of this is the realization that teleportation is still in the far future. I am also curious about how much this would cost to produce and for consumers to use. I’d assume this would cost a severe amount of money to continue to study and produce. Teleportation is not a sure thing, so plenty of trials would need to be demonstrated to ensure safety and efficiency. Teleportation would also severely hurt the transportation industry. Airlines would seem to be the industry that would take the largest hit because teleportation is demonstrated to be the most effective in long-distance travel. Short-distance travel is not a large problem because time consumption is saved at a higher rate when traveling a longer distance, as well as a safer experience than traveling through an airplane, helicopter, or boat.

    Overall, this article demonstrated that one day, teleportation could be held in our society. I see plenty of benefits that could arise from the addition of teleportation into our society and how it could improve many individuals’ lives and travel experiences. With that being said, I still think we are far from that reality and we have to examine the risks that will be involved in the usage of teleportation.

  22. With technology constantly advancing at a rapid pace, more things are becoming possible every day, i.e., self-driving cars, robots replacing the need for human labor in some instances, etc. A fantasy known as teleportation is even in question. Wired has released an article called “Why Can’t People Teleport?” and it takes an in-depth look at the physics of teleportation and basically explains why physics says it is impossible (there is no way to be in one place one moment and then in another completely different place the next).
    In physics, in order for there to be an effect, there needs to be a cause and that process will never ever happen instantaneously. An example given by the article is gravity. Earth responds to gravity from where it was in relation to the sun 8 minutes ago, not where it is right now. Everything takes time to occur. Now the definition of “teleporting” comes into question: apparently, scientists have proposed ways to get somewhere at the speed of light and ways to connect two points in space that are far away and open a doorway or portal to between them. Whether or not either of those satisfy someone’s definition of “teleportation” is up to them. However, these concepts are still theories that have not been proven.
    The main way that this would be achieved is by scanning photons in one place and reassembling them in another area. This poses a big issue in terms of ethics because it has to do with creating copies of human beings. Who is to say that these copies of people would not be corrupted? When extracting quantum information from a single particle, which may be a requirement for this procedure, there is a possibility of scrambling the quantum state of the particle. It is stated by the article that it is impossible to read quantum information without destroying the original.
    Another issue is that there could be multiple copies of a person. “They might not be exact quantum copies of the original, but they would be similar enough to create all kinds of moral and ethical issues.”

  23. This article caught my attention right away. For one thing it certainly made me laugh, as I joke about my dreams of teleporting all the time. However, the thought of learning the actual practicalities on the matter was also intriguing. As someone who hasn’t taken a course in physics since early high school, I find that I am detached from most related matters. With this in mind, imagine my astonishment when I learned the Sun could disappear, and it would take the Earth 8 minutes to realize the Sun was gone! However, after learning that of course I realized the idea of a person disappearing in one place and reappearing in another is not realistic at all. For a minute, I thought all hope was lost and my dreams of avoiding TSA forever were over, but then I kept reading.

    The article mentions the idea of a portal type of teleportation. While I was never very interested in the Sci-Fi shows as a kid, as I got older, I actually found myself watching more cartoons involving alternate realties, aliens, etc. While this was not my choice, I sort of just found myself watching my roommates’ favorite shows with them, I actually found some of the concepts very interesting to think about. One of course being the idea of a portal, or in the case of the one show, a portal gun. Unfortunately, I learned this too was a theoretical concept. While we might not know how to open a worm hole, or control where it leads, int certainly is very neat to think about.

    As it turns out though, the more feasible option is actually getting to a destination traveling at light speed. Imagine traveling from NYC to LA at 300 million meters per second. You would be there in literally no time at all. When I think of traveling this fast though a few things come to mind that actually make me quite nervous. For one thing, how much of a tole would that take on your body? Would it require safety gear? Would luggage be able to withstand the trip too? If someone lacked the proper safety gear, would they face serious medical concerns? Is it safe for children? The list goes on and on. However, the reality is that we as humans are too heavy to be pushed at the speed of light! All of us! In fact, nothing that has mass can travel at the speed of light. Regardless, I still would like to know if humans moving at any incredible speed face these issues.

    Ultimately, the biggest mind blower came later in the article when I learned one possible way to teleport is by scanning someone, and sending them as a beam of photons. Photons have no mass; therefore, they can go as fast as the universe will allow. All that has to happen is get a body scan if all your molecules and particles. Then transmit this information to the destination via photon beam. Finally, the information is received and your body is rebuilt using new particles. I am still baffled this is actually a practical means of teleporting over the others.

  24. Traveling can be quite the hassle. As someone who commutes to school everyday, it can be quite annoying sometimes, especially when you are running late and catch people going under the speed limit in front of you. Also, as someone who takes transatlantic flights every summer to see family, air travel can be a very long and tiring process. It is no surprise that about 70% of people would rather teleport than spend some time traveling according to a survey done by Prasanna Humagain and Patrick A Singleton of Utah State University(Humagain and Singleton). However, what was even more interesting about this study were the follow up questions exploring the reasons for the respondents’ choices. Most respondents who were in favor of teleportation noted saving time to do other things as the reason for their choice. Most in favor of commuting found parts of their commute to be enjoyable or productive. The study’s findings were in line with previous studies which found that the fact that many people are in favor of teleportation does not necessarily imply that the ideal travel time is zero, or that time spent traveling is time wasted. For example, I am someone who enjoys traveling, not just getting to a destination. Traveling can be quite fun for the most part, although there are times where it can be a bit hectic and in those cases I do wish I had a teleportation device. Many people do share the same views, especially when it comes to commuting to and from work. A commute can be a great way to prepare and get in the mindset before a long workday and also unwind on their way home. Teleportation would however come in very handy on days with high traffic or when you are running late.

    The author of the article does a great job in explaining the feasibility of something so complex as teleportation in simple terms. However, if teleportation was somehow created and available to the public, it does raise some interesting questions in terms of legality. The ability to be in one place at one time and another in the next sounds like an amazing thing but also incredibly dangerous if put in the wrong hands. Criminals can use this technology to go wherever they want, take whatever they want, and make an instantaneous getaway. I’d assume that with the creation of teleportation would come immense need for regulation and new laws.

  25. Teleportation is something many people have thought and dreamed about for a very long time. Teleportation would mean you can go from one place to another no matter how far instantaneously. Inside of the article they talk about the possibilities of teleportation and the downsides of potentially having it. Teleportation is not something that is going to be happening in the near future. The technology we have right now is not close to making this a possibility. The downsides are also something I was thinking about while reading this article. One of the major downsides of teleportation is it getting into the wrong people’s hands. Can you imagine a criminal being able to go into a random person’s house or something like that with ease? Also, after a criminal commits a crime they’d be able to escape to wherever they want in the world. It takes out all possibilities of privacy from people. One of the positives of teleportation is convenience. Instead of having to do long travel to get from point A to point B you can be there within seconds. That would almost eliminate travel with cars and airplanes though. There are many upsides and downsides to teleportation. I am interested to see where it goes in the future.

  26. Unfortunately, the idea of teleportation is still too much of a science fiction concept to be implemented in reality. We know far too little about the functional methods of teleportation, meaning that we would need most likely decades of additional research to even begin testing teleportation technologies. The hurdles to achieving teleportation involve moral quandaries about sense of self, and the practical limitations of teleportation tech in the first place.
    To begin with, teleportation would fundamentally have to tackle the problem of individuality and consciousness. Scientists simply do not know what it actually is that makes humans conscious, decision-making creatures, much less how to replicate it with modern science. The patterns of electrical waves in the brain are likely only one part of a much deeper, grander puzzle. We actively observe people who are alive but medically “brain-dead.” These people, although remaining alive and having functioning organs, have lost the ability of conscious thought. They are actively supported by external medical systems, but have lost all brain function. We have yet to find a way to resuscitate people from this state, and finding a way to do so would become almost imperative to utilizing any real teleportation technology. Since moving faster than light is impossible, we would have to either a) find a way to manipulate worm-holes and space itself, or b) create copies of ourselves to move consciousness into across vast distances. The first is next to impossible. Right now, all our information about worm-holes is entirely theoretical, as we have never properly observer or interacted with one. As for the latter, we need to first know what exactly makes people, well, people. The article suggests that this has something to do with the quantum state of every individual particle in our body. The problem with actually copying or manipulating this quantum information is that it is fundamentally impossible to observe quantum information without destroying it. Rather than concrete numbers or values, quantum information is like a measurement of probability. How a particle may behave, where it is, how quickly it can move or do things. We aren’t at a point where we can read this information without destroying it. I’m no quantum physicist, so I would urge some research on Schrodinger’s cat and the quantum uncertainty theory. Regardless, the point is that humans are simply not yet capable of manipulating quantum states.
    However, we are getting close. As the article mentions, we have managed to mess with particle quantum entanglement. This is the process in which to particles become tied together, sharing quantum states across (theoretically) infinite distances. We have managed to create quantum copies of particles “1400 kilometers apart.” So while we aren’t near actually transporting humans, it might be possible to transport small inanimate objects in the near future, which could benefit the international space station in delivering supplies, as well as interplanetary colonization within our solar system. The tech is yet to be explored, but as we advance in our scientific endeavors, we are likely to reach some level of understanding in the near future.

  27. Technology is constantly evolving at a very fast pace every day. People and organizations are always pushing the boundaries of life by trying to figure out technology can be created or improved to make life easy. Today, we see technology being advanced with electric self-driving cars, 3-D printable homes, the metaverse, and advancements in healthcare. With technology advancing so quickly, many people fantasize about the capabilities of technology in the future. The article talks about whether or not teleportation is possible and the probable methods of teleportation based on physics. In short, teleportation resulting in moving an object from one place to another instantaneously or at the speed of light is deemed impossible by the law of physics. According to the physics of our universe, instant teleportation is impossible because the fastest something can travel in our universe is at the speed of light. Unfortunately, teleporting or moving at the speed of light is pretty much impossible too because every effect needs a cause. No matter the situation, moving anything with mass is going to require some energy source to move the mass. Therefore, it would require an enormous amount of time and energy to accelerate all the particles in your body to the speed of light. In fact, anything with mass is not able to travel at the speed of light even if the mass is super small. For example, super tiny particles like electrons are unable to move at the speed of light because they require an infinite high-powered energy source to get them to move at the speed of light. Electrons can move insanely fast but they can never reach the speed of light. In conclusion, teleportation close to or at the speed of light is impossible because humans are too massive to move that quickly.

    Even though teleportation at super high speeds is impossible, the closest thing to teleportation would be to send speed of light teleportation scans. Basically, real-time holograms would be the closest thing to teleportation because holograms scan people and send them like a beam of photons. Photons do not have any mass so they can travel at the speed of light. In fact, photons can only travel at the speed of light. There is no such thing as a photon that moves slowly. Unfortunately, this idea of real-time holograms or quantum copies is quite feasible but it raises several problems. The major issue is how the quantum copies going to behave and how can you safely create copies without destroying the original. Quantum copies raise several ethical and safety issues. In addition, real-time holograms or quantum copies could affect certain communication businesses. If people can project themselves somewhere else, then other communication applications like zoom, skype, and facetime could greatly be affected. In all, teleportation as we know it is pretty much impossible, but the concept of creating quantum clones and holograms is possible.

  28. When the thought of traveling comes up, it’s very dreadful. We mostly look forward to going to the destination but getting there is the most stressful part. It involves the element of time and rushing to make sure you make it there on time and hopefully, you’re organized and everything works in your favor and no traffic occurs. When it comes to time traveling we normally see it in movies and tv shows where it is simply an easy thing, but not in real life, but why can’t we simply do it? Physics. In the article, the author stated many reasons why we as humans aren’t able to time travel but I think hopefully one day we’d be able to. With the hope of teleportation and the advances of 3D printing, I think it’ll be possible the advances we’ve made. There’s even talk of photo copying of human bodies stemming from teleportation. I think with the technology advances and the ability to have the knowledge on science I think humans will be able to teleport really soon.

  29. The idea of teleportation is a complex one, similar to business law from the perspective of a business professional who does not have an understanding of the law. Teleportation is a mix of physics and philosophy and business law is a mix of law and business principles. Business law is similar to the idea of teleportation in the way that it has acted as way for businesses to operate more efficiently. Teleportation ideally works to shorten the distance between where you are and where you want to go and having a solid foundation of law within a business can create the same effect for a corporation.

    The idea of law integrated with business has made great strides since the beginning of the establishment of business law. One way we have seen this integrated is through the role of general counsel and other in-house positions who are experts in the field of law. There are other options that business have in terms of the support they can have from the law like outsourcing to a firm you would regularly use or using firms as needed. Today business’ have seen many complexities which cause the need for general counsel and other positions to be very established within their corporation.

    Another similarity between teleportation and business law is the detailed required to execute. While teleportation has not been executed it required details from both the physics side in terms of quantum and the atoms and particles each human has and the philosophy side which relates to the ‘light years’ and other ideas. In business law due to the complexity from law and business detail is necessary to protect corporations from lawsuits, other legal woes and keeping the structure of their business.

    The last similarity is that within teleportation it is almost impossible to know everything about a particle at once and it makes it difficult to make a ‘copy’ of someone to teleport them. While physicists know a lot of information and uses these to develop hypothesis many things are still unknown. In business law, some cases may be similar but in many cases each is specific, similar to a single particle, but follow the same laws at state and federal levels. Overall both teleportation and business law both share large complexities, especially from an outsiders perspective and use the expert knowledge from both aspects of each to work towards reaching the goal.

  30. Teleportation is another idea that I can see a few good things about it and lots of bad that no one. Would it be nice to be able to go wherever you want, yes but would everyone have good intentions when they do that? what if i felt like teleporting into Fort Knox and their was nobody who could stop me? The concept is awesome but the logistics of teleportation are where the issues arise. First off we will never be able to make teleportation but if we were, do i trust our world to not abuse it though is the question. It would need to be supervised and have laws and regulations in place to keep the peace. This would cause more problems than solutions as the ability to teleport would make. Also how this would affect global commerce and conflict as well. How would wars work with ability to be wherever you want at any given time.

  31. Teleportation is definitely something that would save a lot of people so much time and a lump sum of money. However, the reality is that it is impossible and the reason why it is impossible something scientists attribute to the rules of physics. Teleportation is something that we have seen and lots of television shows growing up and it seems like it is so simple however the concept of physics simply do not allow for the ability of teleportation to be physically possible. It completely defies the laws of physics. The instantaneous movement of people from one place to another is simply out of the realm of possibility although the benefits are overwhelming.

    The article discusses how teleportation could benefit society as a whole. Traveling to other planets in an instant to see if they are habitable or not, or just getting to your destinations to enjoy your vacation instead of spending 20 hours on the way to the vacation. The recommendation that was made in the article stood out to me because it is some thing that other places in the world have taken stride to create. Stepping into a transportation machine that will travel at the speed of light and get you to where you need to get in the shortest amount of time possible. Places like China have trains that run at exponentially higher speed than the ones we are familiar with due and part of that is because those trains are electric. The article mentioned how that is more possible than anything else such as instantaneous transmission which is basically were teleportation is and it seems like that is where the world is headed nowadays nowadays

  32. With the first part that is brought up, I have to disagree with the article. I personally like the traveling part of getting to a destination. I like seeing the scenery of either the drive or the plane ride or train ride, whatever the form of transportation it is. I also really enjoy driving so that helps with enjoying the traveling, but don’t get me wrong, I also love the destination ofcoarse, more than the traveling, but to me it is not a drag. I honestly wouldn’t want to teleport unless I have to get somewhere with urgency. Then, I would defenetiely want to teleport because I can skip the time I am losing on the traveling part, but other than an urgent matter, I am okay with the traveling aspect of getting somewhere.

  33. Teleportation is definitely a feat that would completely change the face of technology if it were to be developed. Ultimately, this new way of life will alter a lot of how we function as a society when it comes to the personal security of oneself. It doesn’t go to say that creating this new technology of transportation will harm us but there are a few issues that can arise with the creation of this technology. The first one would be that if this machine were to be built with the method of quantum copying one genetic body makeup if the machine doesn’t have some sort of security on it then someone can easily download that information and do with it whatever they want. Or what if the machine messes up creating the copy of your genetic makeup or someone alters it so it causes a problem for the transportation to happen. Furthermore, the jobs of those who work in the transportation industry (taxis, users, trains, and planes) will have their job basically taken away which may increase the unemployment rate a lot which in turn can cause a greater issue for the government and economy. Not only that but this type of service might only be available for those in the first class and those people could be at risk of home invasion as well. Additionally, a greater problem that can arise from this new type of technology is identity theft. It will be much easier for hackers to do this than it already is now because all they need to do is hack into a machine. These are all just a few problems that may arise in this new form of technology if it ever were to be created then integrated into society. Also, if hypothetically a person were two create two platforms that are extremely far from each other in distance, but one of them were to break how would the individual travel back? Especially if one of the platforms were to be in an urban or rural area. These transportation devices would also help potential burglars to escape quicker because they can also just copy someone’s genetic makeup (how they would with a fingerprint) and get away that way as well. A few ways that these issues could possibly be prevented could be the use of putting more security or having a network solely for the transportation device for each platform. Evidently, all the departures and arrivals would be documented. Having some sort of ID for the use of these transportation devices would be beneficial as well. Ultimately this might not happen anytime soon but it is good to think about the good and the bad that this new technology could bring to the table.

  34. To teleport truly is something that I don’t see us mastering as a country or even humans. To be in one place at one time and then another place in milliseconds to me is unimaginable. This is completely out of our reach in my opinion, I’m no scientist or a physics teacher but I think that it is safe to say that in this generation we just do not have the technology to make an advancement of this magnitude. I feel as though many of the ideologies that we are thinking will be applicable in recent years is completely a fantasy. Something I have to take into consideration is that the government is most definitely keeping plenty of things from me and Americans all over the United States of America. The technology that is accessible to the highest forms of government is astonishing and also scary. The government could be watching our every move with this new and improved technology, and with all the information that they hide for “our safety” it can be inevitable that teleportation truly exists. The world is full of mysteries that none of us are even aware of, there are things that we have yet to find that are in obvious places that we just haven’t looked for yet. To just assume that we know everything we can at this time is ignorant and stupid. The world has mysteries that will blow our minds, the amazon rainforest alone holds an outrageous number of species that we haven’t discovered yet, this just goes to show that there are things we do not know or are not aware of. The ocean also hasn’t been fully discovered yet, the amount of resources we can find in the ocean after we discover the vast majority of it will be extraordinary. Countries across the globe have access to imaginable technology that we cant even begin to wrap our little brains around, there is no way that the governments across the world don’t have access to a different type of transportation system. Not necessarily the access to teleportation, but a different avenue of travel that we have not yet heard of or seen.

  35. As someone who hates to travel far and for long periods of time, I found this article to be very interesting. Even though teleportation is physically impossible, it is still a very interesting and creative concept to look into. There are many cool ways people have come up with that would be insane if they were real. Vacation time for people who go away would be a whole extra day at least when you take out all the time for travelling.

    Teleportation would also change the whole dynamic of the world’s economy. Gas and oil companies would take a major hit from this due to decreased travel. Airline and any other forms of transportation companies would become obsolete due to this new way of instantaneous travel. Also, companies would be able to hire employees from anywhere in the world. Getting to work would not be a hassle for anyone anymore.

  36. This article definitely intrigued me at first, as I thought it would bring up new discoveries and research to potentially have some form of teleportation in the future, however, as I partially thought, it was too good to be true. This article basically debunks all and any theories regarding any form or method of teleportation. Everyone, including myself, would obviously love to be able to instantly transport at the blink of an eye. It would allow everyone to get to exactly where they need to go without the hassle of driving or transportation in general. Think about it, less money spent on gas, less accidents, less pollution, etc. Yet, there are a lot of fictional concepts that people know would make life easier, but are just simply not feasible. And even if something like teleportation became a thing, it would most likely still come with drawbacks. For example, the teleportation method where one machine makes a copy of the original person and sends it to another machine in their specified location. There are a million problems here. First, the rules of society would basically all be broken with copies of random people walking around. Also, if there is a glitch in the machine that person could be copied wrong and cause a defect in the copy. There are some things that I really did not agree with in the article. I would not necessarily want to transport all the time. Driving can be really fun for a lot of people when there is not traffic believe it or not. Even though this concept is purely a fantasy it is still interesting to discuss what it would be like in reality.

  37. Everyone leads very busy lives and they are always on the go. People need to travel for various reasons like work, school, social events, to see family, vacations, and more. With travel becoming a vital part of people’s lives, an easier way to do this such a teleporting would be convenient for many. Most people do not enjoy the traveling aspect of getting to a new place. Teleportation is something that has always been talked about in movies and science fiction, but has never been brought into reality. Technology is becoming more and more complex, and so are people’s lives. This increases the need for teleportation and desire for the new technology.

    In the article, it was explained that teleportation may not be possible according to the laws of physics. Nothing can technically be instantaneously put in a place. Light is the fastest thing that travels. Teleportation could some day be possible, but it would likely be years before it would come to fruition. Technology is always advancing and new innovations are always being made. It would not be impossible to complete any technological feat, as there are new inventions made every day.

    If teleportation one day does become a real thing, then there would be ethical and legal concerns with it. With any technology, there could be issues with using it and for what intention to use it for. Some people may use it responsibly and only use it to go their destinations, but others may take advantage of it. They could use the new technology to commit crimes or do acts that could be considered harmful to others. This implication is indeed negative, but the possibly of negative outcomes and effects comes with any new piece of technology. Also, the technology could be used to defy legal situations and powers. For example, a person could simply escape from jail by just teleporting to another location, or a convict can simply escape any situation they are in. This could impact the legal system greatly. Also, ethical concerns arise like what the teleporting should be used for. Deciding what is okay to use teleporting for and what is not okay could be questionable and not agreed upon by all. Overall, teleportation is something that will likely not exist for awhile, but if it does come to fruition, there would be complex issues dealing with the legality and ethical implications of the technology.

  38. Realistically no one in this world likes to travel, everyone just wants to get their location as soon as possible. There is a solution to this, but unfortunately, it is something that we will probably only see in movies and that is the power of teleportation. Unfortunately, according to some physics principles for two things the happen and be related to each other they need to somehow communicate with each other. Unfortunately, in our universe everything including information has a speed limit, therefore instantaneous actions are essentially impossible. The next type of teleportation that is often displayed in movies is the concept of portal teleportation. This could be possible, but we will never know until there is a wormhole that we can test with but based on everything we have talked about this isn’t going to happen anytime soon. There is one concept that gets us the closest possible to actual teleportation which would be a machine that takes your body and then pushes it at the speed of light. While this sounds great unfortunately our body is way to heavy do that. To move the human body at the speed of light would need an immense amount of energy that in all honesty wouldn’t ever be possible. Yet, if we were able to remove that mass out of the equation then we could have some sort of teleportation. This is the theory of scanning someone and them as a beam of photons that can travel the speed of light. With the advancement of 3D printing and machines that can grab a single atom, it isn’t hard to imagine that this technology could one day become a thing. The final issue with all of this is whether you would consider a copy of yourself. We don’t know this because we haven’t tested it. The challenge would be to make sure that the copy has the same personality and knowledge as you. We are unknown if putting you back together like a building block makes you the same person. With all of this said I don’t see teleportation coming into our lives any time soon. There just seem like too many challenges that will have to be met to make this a possibility. I also just don’t think this would be a good thing because transportation gives a ton of job opportunities for everyone and without that many people would be without a job. I think that this concept of teleportation is very cool and would be a childhood dream. It just doesn’t seem like something that we need at this point.

  39. I’ve traveled to many places in my 19 years of living and I can say the worst part is the traveling portion. Waiting in long lines, rushing, packing, and actually waiting to arrive at the destination is a headache. So, finding new ways to get to places can be advantageous. Sadly, teleportation being impossible for humans kind of bums me out if I’m being honest. I always tell my friends that “I wish I can teleport” to destinations because getting there is a hassle. This article explains that the laws of physics make teleportation impossible because it breaks plenty of laws, especially the “cause and effect” phenomenon. Then, this article explains different methods to travel to your destinations in a faster way, similar to teleportation. For example, using wormholes like opening doors to completely different places, like the door in The Chronicles of Narnia. Another example is going as fast as the speed of light. Unfortunately, both options are indeed impossible, but wouldn’t that be cool? I would love to teleport or travel at the speed of light, but of course, that would be humanly impossible.
    Well, if we can’t have superpowers, then what’s the next best thing? Well, I have no idea. Today, airplanes are the most effective way of traveling, since this form of transportation can cut down the time in half. But, if you are going across the world, I bet a plane ride would take about 10+ hours which is not ideal. I was hoping for this article to explain and describe new discoveries so traveling, but it practically disproves any type of methods to get to your destinations in a faster way. Teleportation, traveling at the speed of light, wormhole, etc. are all impossible and theoretical. In the future, I hope for a breakthrough for a new form of transportation. Although I expect this breakthrough to be pricey, I would be interested in what scientists have discovered and can be available to the average person. I guess, for now, I’ll stick to driving, trains, and airplanes until there is a new discovery. To be honest, traveling is not too bad if you’re doing it right.

  40. The article caught my eye when I saw the title because individuals wonder why our bodies can’t teleport to different places well in the article talks about how our bodies would or would not be able to transport. In the article, I loved how its states that no one likes to travel but likes to arrive at their desired destination which is a true statement because who wants to be cramped up in small plane chairs that can’t even recline. Don’t get me wrong different airlines do have chairs that have space but then the question is who wants to sit in a chair for the number of hours is needed for their fight. Plane rides can be 2 to 48 hours depending on the location. Furthermore, I love that the author decides to provide with a dream on what it would be like to be able to teleport to different planets or different areas of the world because when want to go to these places we are looking to discover such as culture, music, food, aliens, etc. However, later in the article, the author pops our dream bubble by saying teleportation is impossible to do. This leads me to wonder who made up the logic that teleportation was something humans could do rather our bodies use a machine, or our bodies do the job but as I keep reading this article, I understood why our bodies would never be capable of teleportation and the reason must deal with physics. According to Wikipedia “Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its fundamental constituents, its motion and behavior through space and time, and the related entities of energy and force.” If you ever took a science, you understand that physics comes with hard rules about things happening to our bodies instantaneously. We have remembered for our bodies to be able to teleport we have to know the cause and effect of how teleportation would work with our bodies. Scientists even talk about this happening the information would move at the speed of light and this moment we don’t evidence of these types of things happening to our bodies.

  41. Before reading this article, I thought that teleportation would be amazing. I thought that reducing wasted commuting time would be great. Anytime I don’t need to spend driving to campus, the more time I have back in my life to do other things. But, this article opened my eyes to how complex the idea of teleportation is in addition to making me aware of the ethical dilemmas present in actual teleporting myself somewhere else.
    First of all, the concept of traveling at the speed of light or faster than that seems surreal to me. I don’t believe we have the technology needed to transfer information at that speed especially highly valuable information like our own bodily structures. Our technology is advanced, but significant innovation needs to take place before I believe the idea of teleportation becomes more realistic.
    I never thought about the ethical dilemmas present in teleportation. If a person transmits a copy of themselves via photons, then is that copy of themselves actually the same person and if it is, then are all of your fine details copied, or will you be a blurry jpeg version of yourself. These moral and ethical dilemmas are enough to make me want to avoid the practice of teleportation. I would not want myself or anyone else to become disfigured during the process of teleportation.
    If a machine can teleport all the atoms and quantum particles that define who we are, that’s great. But, what about our conscious. Can the intangible aspects of our selves be transferred from one location to another? I don’t know how a machine could copy such an abstract part of ourselves. In all honesty, it’s the intangible aspects of our selves that make us who we truly are. Our personality, thoughts, ideas, values, and concept of self are the most critical part of our existence. I don’t believe that even the most technologically advanced machines in the future will be able to transfer these key components of our selves. Our material existence is only temporary, and not as an important part of ourselves. Our bodies help define our identity, but they are not what makes us who we are. They are only a temporary holding ground for our soles.
    A machine may be able to reconstruct our bodies elsewhere in the future, but I doubt they can reconstruct the most important cargo, our sole. I never thought about the moral, philosophical, and ethical dilemmas before, probably because I never thought teleportation was realistic. However, I have gained a new appreciation for my long commutes as I would prefer to have to wait to arrive somewhere then to have my body copied incorrectly.
    On the bright side, I believe that a type of teleportation is possible right now, where there is no fear of becoming disfigured after teleporting. Online video chat applications like Microsoft Teams and Zoom allow students to instantaneously join class, without having to travel anywhere. People can travel to class or around the world in the click of 1 button. I believe this form of teleportation is a good substitute for the less realistic versions of teleportation, that only exist in science fiction.

  42. I find this article very interesting because the article makes you think, what if we were able to teleport. Teleportation will make life so much easier as we will will be able to travel somewhere far within seconds. Transportation such as cars, trains, and planes wouldn’t be as useful because of transportation be much easier. It will be much more easier for people who travel a lot. People spend thousands of dollars to transport from place to place, and the process is tough because it take a majority part of the day when having to travel so much. Instead with transportation people will be able to sve money and time by just choosing to transport. Even though there are a lot of positives, there will be negatives too. Such as the economy with people not paying for planes, car, and gas. Lot of people will be out of work.

  43. Course Blogs 3/4/22

    Why Can’t People Teleport?

    I believe teleportation is one of the most interesting ideas ever perceived in physics. This is because it basically breaks every rule of how people or things move today as we know them to. Even though the idea that someone could set a machine to a certain location and almost instantly teleport to that place is extremely far-fetched, it is not completely impossible for the future to bring us this act once only displayed in movies.
    Within the article, the two options of how teleportation would, if possible, be carried out were discussed. The first topic seemed to be the most realistic option. This was the idea that some sort of mechanized engineering could transport people at the speed of light through space. Again, this is something that is extremely far-fetched to believe today. However, if teleportation were to ever be possible, this would be the only way possible.
    I personally still believe this is a very deranged topic to talk about in present day. Even if someone were to do this with an object or an animal, there would still be countless questions raised about this. To begin with, people would obviously think that it is fake at first. Additionally, no one person in the right mind would risk their life to experiment the legitimacy of something like teleportation.
    Even more so theoretical is the idea that a portal could be used to travel from place to place around the world. This aspect of teleportation is completely Hollywood fashioned. The thought of walking into some interdimensional portal to be transported somewhere else instantly is and always will be impossible. If teleportation were to be possible, there would need to be some sort of technological implementation. Without advances in our technology, teleportation would not physically be possible.
    In all, I believe that while teleportation would be a life changing beneficial means of transportation to all of society, it is extremely far-fetched and seemingly impossible today. Also, I’d like to raise the point of obtainability that would most likely play a large role in the invention of teleportation. Only the rich and upper-class would have access to something like this when it is first released to the public. Just as anything to the extent of this, access would be unimaginably low when it is first created. This would create a very problematic installation where regular class people would feel the need to access teleportation because of the benefits it would provide them.
    Countless uses of teleportation could be brought about with its creation. People anywhere in need for medical attention would be able to simply teleport to a hospital. Money, time, and pollution would be saved if teleportation would reach a point of development that would allow the common person to obtain the device used for it. To conclude, teleportation would completely change the world as we know it to be today, that is, if it were to be possible. Today, we can only hope for the best as far as a safe means of teleportation for everyone across the world to come into existence.

  44. Teleportation is an interesting concept. One second you are in New Jersey the other you can be in Nebraska. The practicality, however, doesn’t seem feasible. It is physically impossible to travel the light of speed. Even if humans were able to travel that fast, the human body can not withstand such a force. This would be true if there were no suitable vehicles for such speeds. Humans can theoretically travel at close to the speed of light if there is a vehicle that can withstand such forces, and keep the passengers safe. This article points out an interesting theory of teleportation. It notes that it is not possible to teleport or travel at the speed of sound, but there is a theory of scanning and copying a person and transmitting that information via photons to a “printer”, which will then print the individual out. It is a very interesting theory, but I could only imagine what could come out of such a theory. Since the person would only be sending a copy of themselves over, the person would still be in the same location. Essentially this theory is just making copies of a person. There is no teleportation, in theory, just a copy of the original at another location in space. A scary concept as one does not know how the copy would act. The copy is essentially committing identity theft, and can easily commit crimes on your behalf. It could possibly work the other way as well. A person can spawn the next Michael Jordan that takes the NBA by storm, while the original person quietly watches on the sidelines. A very interesting concept, but a frightening one as well. I condone the technological advancements that can possibly do this one day. I just hope once the day comes, the scientists have refined the technology enough to safeguard possible mishaps that could occur.

  45. The saying that something might be too good to be true is something that probably applies to teleportation. In pop culture teleportation has always been prevalent and is seen as a super power or something that can better the human race altogether. Giving humans the ability to transport at speeds that are unheard of and unimaginable. Something like this is impossible with the way our technology is today. However, if somewhere down the line it is possible for humans to begin teleportation, this might cause many issues. For starters teleportation would put a lot of people out of jobs. Transportation alone employees millions of people alone. All of the train conductors, bus drivers, taxi cab drivers, people who drive boats/ ships. All of those people would be considered obsolete. If those means of transportation are not around, there would be no need for any mechanics to work on those vehicles. If that happens there is no need for people to pay those employees so the people in charge of managing that department would also be out of a job and all of their work experience would be deemed useless. Cars alone would also be deemed obsolete and that would put a lot of people out of jobs. There are the car manufacturers, where people design the cars, the people that help make the cars, people that distribute the cars. This then effects car dealerships, because if there is no need for cars there are no need for salespeople. This would effect small businesses such as the car washes and car insurance places that are fully employed because of cars and transportation.

    Not only would jobs be effected, so would a lot of American culture. A lot of American culture relies on cars and people using them. There would be no more radio stations because most Americans listen to radio and talk shows when driving. When people make “playlists for driving” those would be useless if people are no longer driving. There are movies and TV shows about road trips and places to go while going on road trips. Places like rest stops would have no more customers if people had no commute anymore. If people were able to go straight to their destinations the need for hotels and motels would quickly disappear as well. All of these things are very important part of not only the American economy, but the culture in America as well. The saying that “the journey is more important than the destination” applies.

  46. An article that seems way too silly to read actually piqued my interest because like most people, I too have had the wishful thinking of hoping I could teleport anywhere at any time. Of course we have not figured out (and I don’t think we will ever figure out) how to and if teleportation is even remotely possible. Though, if humans were to somehow create a way to travel to different locations in an instant without crossing the intervening space, it would be yet another incredible discovery made by the human mind, and overall continue to prove how powerful it really is. I feel as though that teleportation is something that is meant to stay on the big screen and video games, and out of our scientific world. What I mean by this is that we should focus our time on other astronomical research rather than something that we have studied for years yet haven’t found a thing to prove/support its existence (teleporting). I think that it is a no brainer when we think that the idea of teleporting is really cool, but in reality we know it is just not possible. We cannot pass through particles of matter and space due to their reaction with atoms. This means that if you were to somehow create a DIY way to teleport, you would be ripped to shreds through space and time in an instant.
    I also just do not understand how the author tries to justify that teleportation is possible when there is no evidence. They state that the teleportation device would have to travel at the speed of light, and in some cases depending on how much you weigh or what size you are, you simply just won’t be able to travel at the speed of light. The more I read over this article and reread my analysis of it, the more obscure and ridiculous I sound trying to somewhat defend the idea of teleporting being possible. I love how the author says that another way for this to be possible is to somehow get our device to scan us from head to toe and make a “quantum copy of you to teleport”. If this is so easy and the author can say this with no problem, then why can’t they just do it? That’s like saying “oh if I just stick a clock, a bunch of wires, and a flux capacitor with 1.21 gigawatts of power, and then go 88 mph I can travel back and forth through time!” Not that easy my friend. Overall this article gave me a unique insight as to why time travel has not been invented yet, as well as reinforced my opinion that time travel will never happen, no matter how advanced as a society we are in this world. If Marty and Doc did what they did, why can’t we just do that? It is just so far-fetched and something that we still cannot even wrap our heads around..

  47. I was actually asking myself this morning why we aren’t able to teleport, so running across this article was of great use to answering my questions. This article makes teleportation sound so enticing. If we can be instantaneously transported to anywhere in the world, I feel like our human experience would then be exponentially better and more opportunistic. The unfortunate thing about this article is that right after making it sound like the greatest thing ever, they reveal that nothing in this universe can ever be instantaneous, even hypothetically teleportation would be subject to the rules of the universe. Thankfully for us the article then tells us about two ways that we can get pretty close to actually teleportation. Since everything in the universe needs a cause or a reason, the two ways to do this would involve making humans travel at the speed of light, or by shortening the distance between two locations, similar to a wormhole. The involvement of quantum physics in this piece totally blew my mind. Theoretically a person could deconstruct someone and reconstruct all of their molecules in a different place, leading to what some might consider teleportation. The only issue is that it wouldn’t be an exact copy of the person, it would be similar to a screenshot. This is a cool thought to think about, and a risk that I’m sure someone would take. That person just won’t be me. Later on this article spoke a little bit on how this technology could eventually lead to too many of you which are slightly different living in different realities. This is a hard concept for me to wrap my head around, but it pretty much sounds like a horror movie and something that we should try hard as a society not to make reality.

  48. Having the ability to teleport or something that I would like to have over different types of superpowers. It seems very convenient for somebody to be able to teleport especially in my predicament which is me commuting an hour a day to go to classes and go home. I wouldn’t have to be in class and look at traffic and dread the fact that I have to go home during the times when I would just sit there and wait just for cars to start moving. This talk about the superpower of has me really thinking about the different types of travel that we have as a country because public transportation really sucks here. If we had trains that went faster like they do in China I feel like the country’s infrastructure end way two things could speed up a lot faster and make things more convenient. Teleportation could also cut planes out of the equation completely and you can visit any country you really wanted to even if it was for a Split Second. It would open so many different types of possibilities for how we structure our life but we know that something like teleportation isn’t really possible in the first place. Technology is what is going to take us as far as possible and right now we are going to have to try to ride on this wave of innovation for as long as we can.

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