Monday, February 7, 2011

Advent of First Quantum Machine brings Teleportation closer

For many folks, outside official science, teleportation – or cutting corners through space, is not really a strange phenomenon. Ranging from stories about holes in space around the famous Bermuda triangle; or first-hand stories about people who use some regulated technology to teleport themselves over long distances (known as Teleporter - Egbe in Yoruba language); or the experience of the evangelist Philip as recorded in the Bible (Acts 7:39-40), teleportation is a concept – accepted not just in the star war movies, but in real life.
The first steps (classified experiments excepted, that is), in making teleportation available scientifically seems to have been taken with the building of the first quantum machine by physicists at the University of California Santa Barbara. By putting their device, a tiny metal paddle into two different quantum states at the same time, Physicists Andrew Cleland and John Martinis together with other colleagues demonstrated what some interprete as the existence of a parallel universe. Which is just some model for explaining the space we live in.
"When you observe something in one state, one theory is it split the universe into two parts," Cleland told at the time, trying to explain how there can be multiple universes and we can see only one of them.
News writer for Science magazine, Adrian Cho believes that the development opens up, on a practical level, “a variety of possibilities ranging from new experiments that meld quantum control over light, electrical currents and motion to, perhaps someday, tests of the bounds of quantum mechanics and our sense of reality." And, conceivably, we might be seeing the foundation of scientific use of teleportation and even time travel, someday. The Science magazine has labeled the development as the most significant scientific advance of 2010.

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