Beam Me Up Scotty

By Michael Fiorito, MDS

We’re a long way off from teleporting people from Earth to Cygnus X-1, but a team of researchers in China sent a photon from the ground to an orbiting satellite more than 300 miles in space, exploiting a process known as quantum entanglement. It’s the farthest distance successfully tested to date in teleportation experiments.

According to MIT Technology, the research team said “this work establishes the first ground-to-satellite up-link for faithful and ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation, an essential step toward global-scale quantum Internet.”

In the future, if a person were to be teleported, would it require transmitting the blueprint of your DNA or every particle in your body? The implications would be staggering.

The work was published online arXiv.


Three members of the Star Trek crew beaming down off the ship. If a planet-to-ship transport of quantum information has been successful, could human beings be next? Image credit: CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images.