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Whitestar
2004-Feb-06, 08:20 PM
Hi everybody.

I have always been intrigued by the concept of teleportation and with the recent advances in quantum teleportation at the University of Innsbruck, the results are encouraging. However, it should be noted that this form of teleportation doesn't allow physicists to teleport the photon itself--only its properties to another, remote photon. Here is the site:

http://www.aip.org/physnews/graphics/html/teleport.htm


I'm an aspiring science fiction writer and what I want to do in my story is achieve teleportation by actually teleporting the people themselves, not their properties. So, I began thinking about how I was going to do that. I thought about creating a teleporter that works by converting matter into energy and reconverting the energy back into matter and being able to pass through walls and ceilings, sort of like radio signals.


1) Since we are talking pure theory here, is the matter/energy conversion process teleportation in the literal sense, at least theorically?


The thing that concerns me about this concept has some philosophical issues to address.


2) For starters, does conversion of matter into energy and vice-versa in this case imply the person undergoing the process has ceased to exist, only to be replaced by a replica who was literally born into existence?


3) What other theories or ideas can I use for my story?


Whitestar

Matthew
2004-Feb-06, 11:38 PM
Well if its a sci-fi you don't need to have it fully based on scientific theory for your book to work.

You could use the 'property' theory itself, in teleporter machines there are groups of atoms, and the person's atomic makeup is sent to the other teleporter (ie. characteristics') and then made up there. But to prevent 2 people from roaming the universe one has to be deleted, destroyed. And those atoms used to create the next person to teleport. That could lead to some very interesting plot ideas...

Tiny
2004-Feb-06, 11:45 PM
Do they need some kinda "Link", I mean the location, such as coordinator, X and Y etc..

Guest
2004-Feb-07, 03:00 AM
Originally posted by matthew@Feb 6 2004, 11:38 PM
You could use the 'property' theory itself, in teleporter machines there are groups of atoms, and the person's atomic makeup is sent to the other teleporter (ie. characteristics') and then made up there. But to prevent 2 people from roaming the universe one has to be deleted, destroyed. And those atoms used to create the next person to teleport. That could lead to some very interesting plot ideas...
So basically what you're saying is that teleportation implies that the original person ceases to exists and is replaced with a replica?


Whitestar

Whitestar
2004-Feb-07, 03:03 AM
Does conversion of matter into energy and vice-versa in this case imply the person undergoing the process has ceased to exist, only to be replaced by a replica who was literally born into existence once the energy was reconverted back into matter?

Whitestar

Whitestar
2004-Feb-07, 03:05 AM
N/A

Tinaa
2004-Feb-07, 04:40 PM
If someone were an exact replica, wouldn't that make the "new" one that very same person? It works in Star Trek, it'll work in your book, if you make it sound credable.