So, TheBoy and I were having a philosophical discussion the other day. He asked me if I thought that we would see teleportation in our lifetime - I guess there's a humor video on YouTube about a teleportin' fat guy or something. This is something I've actually thought about, both being a *huge* Star Trek geek as well as someone who freakin' hates to fly. It'd also be really neat to be able to travel on business and still be home to tuck my kids in at night, too.
From a technological standpoint, I can't say for certain if teleportation is possible or not. I'm sure if you had described a smartphone to someone from 1912 they'd think you were one helluva science fiction writer - and now they're so plebian that no one thinks about them any more. We can send and receive data instantaneously anywhere in the world you can get a phone signal - that's pretty amazing. When you look at the Star Trek series of the late 1960s - at the height of the American space program - and compare it to what is commonplace today, we've already surpassed many of their technological wonders.
I can't say we'll never have teleportation; in fact, I think it's highly likely that we will be able to transmit matter - or, more precisely, take a physical object and re-create it exactly somewhere else - in the future. I think that actual teleporation of human beings will not occur in our lifetime, based on several considerations.
It's a paradigm shift - think about how many institutions will be affected by teleportation, if not outright shuttered. Why would you need to fly if you could step onto a teleportation pad and instantly arrive at your location? For that matter, who would need a car? Rather than a parking lot, you'd only need a series of teleport pads. Think about the real estate implications - you could live anywhere in the world and work anywhere in the world! You could live on the most desolate 100 acres in Montana and work in NYC, and be home for dinner (heck, lunch) every night.
I won't even get into the security implications. You think it's bad when a spammer hacks your computer? Imagine them hacking your home teleport pad and arriving at 2AM. Imagine once the technology matures and you can teleport yourself anywhere you can get a GPS signal. Imagine the National Security implications - how do you keep the country safe when spies and saboteurs can literally appear anywhere at any time?
I don't believe we'll see teleportation in our lifetime - agree or disagree?
That is all.