Why Human Beings Can't Teleport. Yet.

How good would real-life fast-travel be? As someone who has travelled 26 hours from Sydney to Glasgow with a six-month-old baby, I can tell you this: it would be awesome. I'm dreaming of the day when teleportation could be an actual reality. Here's what I didn't know: teleportation is possible. We just don't have the technology to transform humans.


The above video is awesome. It explains why so much of science fiction has remained fiction. Why don't we have flying cars yet? Surely the tech exists? Back to the Future promised us flying cars. And yet? Turns out there is a good reason why we don't have all that cool stuff yet, but also reasons why we expected them in the first place.

Too much clever stuff in this video to go through, just watch it. And know that one day teleportation could be a reality. Man...


    Any advice for flying with babies Mark?
    I'm flying from Melbourne to London with my family in June and my son will be 6 months old then...

      You're in for a rough time, something to do with the changes of air pressure stuffs around with young children/babies and they are in discomfort for alot of the trip :-/

        This is because babies can't pop their ears (not willingly, anyway). Hell many adults can't even do it.

      Count how many nappies you need, double it, then maybe add some more again.

      I was behind parents with a baby from Sydney to LA once and they ran out of nappies a little over 8 hours into a 13-14 hour flight. From what I saw that day, trust me you don't want that happening to you!

      6 months is not too bad an age to be flying. As they become more mobile it becomes a nightmare.
      Take stuff they can suck on / chew on take off and landing - as @fistfullofflour noted the air pressure change really annoys them. A good idea to feed them (bottle or breast) during these times
      I don't know the name of it but talk to your doctor there may be something can be prescribed and it helps them sleep : )

        Totally agree about the age. Flew to South Africa with my son when he was one, we had the seat with the bassinet but he was too mobile at that stage to stay in it for long and would get frustrated when we tried to stop him crawling everywhere. On the way back we didn't have the bassinet but had a whole row with spare seats, which was much better.

        I think it is much better to avoid long travel between about 9 months and 2 years old, if you can.

      Here's my tips from our experience:

      1) Definitely have a bottle of milk (or watered down juice or anything) ready to go for take-off and landing. The act of drinking helps infants re-pressurise (pop) their ears during the altitude and cabin changes. If you have problems getting liquids on the plane, 99% of hostesses are pretty good at helping you out. **edit - as Mickd mentioned before me :)

      2) This one's more personal - but when bub is awake, carry them around the plane a bit. It can help to keep them settled as they see different shapes and colours in their vision but you often get many offers to hold your baby, giving your arms a rest for 2mins while you chat to people who tell you how cute your baby is. Obviously only do this if you feel comfortable doing so!

      3) When baby sleeps - you sleep! Don't try to keep to a routine on the plane, worry about that after you land. Just catch those Zs when you can on the flight. Even an hr here or there will see you through fairly well.

      Good luck!

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      One thing that might help is breast-feeding (or bottle feeding?) the little fella when climbing after take-off and when descending prior to landing, as the swallowing can assist with the ears adjusting to pressure. Apart from that, there's not much you can do for a very young child. At least at 6 months he's unlikely to get as a bored as a 1 year old or older child.

      EDIT: and beaten by @theblink :-)

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      It's really about survival man. I'm a big sleeper on long flights, but that's really out of the question. Just prepare for a long flight and if your other half is going with you try and work out a shift situation so each of you can get a break.

      Don't do it. Hahahaha. I've heard that they can't pop their ears either but a way around this is feeding them when the plane changes altitude. By chewing, it helps their ears pressurise.

      And of course, lots of nappies, lots of comfort, the ipad for distraction etc etc. Good luck!

      Get some child-formula travel sickness drops. Make sure they're not the non-drowsy kind :-)

      Made long flights soo much less stressful for our babies/toddlers, for us, and for everyone near us.

      Check them in as cargo.

      Yours sincerely,
      Everyone else on your flight.

      Bottle or get the missus to feed him on take off and landing, that helps their ears pop. If your kid likes white noise the plane engines will get the boy asleep for a good stretch. Also get the front of the aisle and bassinet so you have space to walk around, it's first in first serve for that. I've done trips from nz to Asia with 2 kids under 2. Pick you battles dude and have a drink or two and jam whatever you can to keep you sane. Best of luck.

    I wrote a blog entry on why flying cars would never exist a few years ago.

    Can you imagine volunteering to be a driving instructor? It would have to be come the single best-paying job in the entire world.

    Teleportation, time-travel, telepathy and telekinesis. The Quad-Ts that would make us demigods. We can only hope for all four but teleportation would be an excellent start!

      Yeah, don't get your hopes up. While large-scale state teleportation is theoretically possible (unlike time travel) the difficulty in a) scanning every particle in your body down to the quantum level, b) transmitting the ludicrous amounts of quantum-state data to the receiver, and c) assembling a perfect copy down to the quantum level, firmly places it in the "not gonna happen" basket for a very, very long time to come. Plus there's the whole "die, so your teleported copy can live" part.

      The other two are actually much more likely, at least the tech-assisted versions of them. We can already remotely move things on the other side of the world (with motors and the internet), and even do it in response to detected brainwaves. We can easily communicate long distances today (via voice, text messaging etc), and doing the same via detected brainwaves seems quite feasible.

    Teleportation is pointless if anyone can do it.

    Teleportation isn't a thing because The Fly..

    I heard another plan was to separate the entangled pair then change one's spin as fast as we can while we 'record' the other to send a bitstream that can't be intercepted. Someone told me that was debunked for some reason, but if that entanglement experiment mentioned in the teleportation segment has been proven, then it seems quite feasible, just a question of economics.

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    Too much money left in the current devices of travel, to swap to a more efficient way.

    I belive i have figured out a critical portion of time travel and our faults as humans. Say for example the human genome is a giant blank puzzle. Us humans so far have not completely mapped our genetic code, until we have discovered all the pieces of this giant blank puzzle that is the mapping of our very being, we will not be able to transport complex organisms such as a man or women. To put it simply, how can you solve a giant puzzle without knowing what pieces go where?

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