Quantum teleportation of data now possible

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Scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, which is part of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, have successfully teleported data across a distance of 10 feet with an unprecedented success rate of 100%.

Within a few years, humans will be able to enjoy the benefits of international and interplanetary transportation…NOT.

The type of teleportation these wiry-haired, pipe-puffing Dutch scientists achieved is not physical transportation, but rather a form of replication that involves the phenomenon known as ‘entanglement‘. Put simply, entanglement is the ability of a particle at the quantum level to affect another particle to which it is loosely connected over set distances. Specifically, these Dutch scientists were able to replicate the spin state of a particular electron in another electron 10 feet away.

Quantum Teleportation Illustration via Nature

Quantum Teleportation Illustration via Nature

This has vast implications for computing, allowing for the next generation of central processing to reach speeds greater than the speed of light. Instead of classical ‘bits’ composed of 1s and 0s, quantum computing will enable the transfer of ‘qubits’ that include all the values that can exist between the 1s and 0s.

If you’re still confused, then perhaps this lighthearted video demonstrating quantum teleportation will confuse even more:

The next step is to increase data teleportation distances so that this could extend to communication with orbiting satellites.

 

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