Over five years ago, scientists succeeded in teleporting information. Unfortunately, the advance failed to bring us any closer to the Star Trek future we all dream of. Now, researchers in Japan have used the same principles to prove that energy can be teleported in the same fashion as information. Rather than just hastening the dawn of quantum computing, this development could lead to practical, significant changes in energy distribution.
According to the theory, developed by Masahiro Hotta of Tohoku University, Japan, a series of entangled particles could be stretched across an infinite amount of space. By inducing an energy change in one of the particles, the other entangled particles would change as well. Eventually, to preserve conservation of energy, the original particle would be destroyed, with its energy passing to the final particle in the chain. Thus, the energy has been teleported from one particle to another.
Naturally, Hotta doesn't present any blueprint for replacing power lines with teleporting energy, concentrating instead on the implications for studying quantum mechanics. However, with a concept this profound, the implications beyond theory are nearly endless. So let's hear what you've come up with! Commenters, I want to know: how would you use energy teleportation?
well that could theoretically make colonizing worlds other than Earth a heck of a lot easier
to heck with creating our own sun with fusion on earth! lets just tap into that gigantor sun we have in our solar system and teleport that power on over! :)
If NASA could somehow use this theory to transport energy from Earth to an orbital launching dock where the energy was then used as fuel for our spaceships', or even directly to the ships themselves, it would be much easier to get our manned space program past the moon.
It could also be used to refuel or recharge rovers whose solar panels have been damaged (on distant planets).
i have a possible theory of teleportation of physical objects.
demolecularize the object, send it via wi-fi, radio waves or microwaves to another location and remolecularize it.
basic wormhole phyics should help with that. but perhaps if were teleporting energy, than maybe we have come across the first compleley wireless energy transfer. so electric cars may be able to run continuously instead of having to stop and recharge the batteries.
Deep Space Quantum exploration using USEV's (unmanned space exploration vehicles) powered by a power plant at home with it's driver sitting at home as well.
Using the ability to teleport information and power, the uses are endless!
i like the way you think PuffNstuff326
I agree with mastergpfunk, I would send a power station, or a colony of power stations in a close orbit to the sun and teleport all that power back to earth. With a limitless source of energy and teleporting as a means of transport, anything else would be possible.
Though, I think this is to good to be true!!!
Humans can't travel in space. You watch too many movies, guys. However this will definitely help the robots we send into space. Then with a virtual reality implants we will be able to travel the universe without ever leaving earth. For a fee of course.
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I agree boka. we will be traveling space via surrogates sooner than sending our own bodies else where. with the help of power teleportation this will solve a big problem with space.
I think it'd be useful for putting tiny bombs in people's neural passages. Yay!
Um. Couldn't that be used as a weapon? What happens if you "teleport" a bunch of energy into your enemy's base?
I'm guessing.... big boom?
MegaWordMan, it could not be used as a weapon, to transport energy the entangled particles need to already be at the source and the destination, particles need to be entangled before separation to teleport energy.
teleportation of energy would end the need for plugs forever--as well as solve all battery problems for good.
I think perhaps a lot of you are thinking in terms of endless power transport... but missing the point of "Eventually, to preserve conservation of energy, the original particle would be destroyed, with its energy passing to the final particle in the chain.".
In other words, the entangled particles get used up as part of the transfer... It would be more like a fuel pod of entangled particles, not a pipeline. Handy for some situations, but not the magic bullet that sends us to the stars, unless someone comes up with a way to produced entangled particles at little or no energy cost and in truly massive quantities.
This is a fascinating development, however, as history and the present clearly confirm, mankind (currently dominated by commerce, the prison/military/industrial complex, corporations, and the medical/science monster (largely the funded servant of all of the above) is actually not ready to deal even with combustion technologies (which are currently destroying our world and our bodies wholesale). Religions are also to blame, but religions did not and cannot reach into every living body on Earth to damage DNA and poison our children and environments as science, commerce, war, and technology have actually done (and continue to do). While many think new ‘free’ sources of energy would ameliorate these problems, they are naive. In fact, were free energy to suddenly become available ‘terminator’ would be a pleasant pipe dream compared to the outcome. Technologies, commerce, war, and medicine have costs. We are about to become unable to ignore these as we have done with such shocking hubris in the past and present.
1) Near instant commo between very distant points. For instance, the time-lag from here to Mars is about 30 seconds. it gets worse from there.
2) we would be able to re-purpose almost all of the electrical grids world-wide. Simply place one terminus of an entangled pair at a generator and the other at a neighborhood node. The powerlines could be taken down/dug up and no more open-pit mining for a LONG time.
3) a SUPER DUPER ULTRA MEGA secure way to store information. Because an entangled pair is completely unique, you could set up some kind of security protocol that only sends a decryption key to the stored information via one terminus of the EP if the other is in the correct state...so essentially:
the data is stored
to access it, you would point the data to a EP terminus.
Then you would do SOMETHING to the other terminus, unlocking the data.
IT COULD ALSO BE A PARTIAL CONFIRMATION OF MANY OTHER THEORIES
WHEN IT COMES TO ENERGY IN ATOMS; LIKE STORAGE CAPABILITIES.
If we put a transmiter of energy in mercury we can solve earth's energy needs forever.
How much energy does it take to change the energy of one particle? If want to transport a spaceship or people it will have to be that amount multiplied by billions...
I would like to know though.. How exactly do two particles become entangled?
And on a related note, because you must destroy one particle to energize another, would it be possible to say, create particle A which is entangled with particle B and C. Particle A is the sender and Particle B is the receiver. If you destroy A, then you no longer can give B energy, but would it be possible to entangle A with the new particle C? so that after you destroy A you could then entangle C with D and so on to continue to send energy to particle B?
I don't know the mechanics behind it, but I would certainly like to know.. If the second question is true, then we do essentially have infinite energy if we put a collector in orbit around the Sun. We might just be able to make Tesla happy even if we are using quantum mechanics rather than static electricity, but still...
Sounds like a really fast burning fuse to me, as far ANALogies go anyway... I'm kinda with Gadzooks on this one, its a milestone thats gonna be helpful for many other apps..
How much energy will be required to initiate the entaglement, preserve it, store it and then teleport it? Sounds good but nothing in life is free except advice. Sounds like we can get photons moving way faster than the speed of light by this method. If we can teleport enough negative and positive energy from the nearest star look out warp drive here we come.
I agree with dhurrell that this doesn't sound like it's going to revolutionize day-to-day energy transmission.
But if this can transmit energy long distances out of a gravity well it could be great for getting a burst of energy delivered to something like a deep space probe.
It might also be possible to fabricate these entangled pair fuel cells way out somewhere like pluto, drop them down to Mercury or Venus, and basically get the result of harvesting power from otherwise inert mass in the outer solar system. Even if it took decades for each cell to reach its power station destination, once a string of them was in place you could get a reliable source of energy in an otherwise barren place.
But here on Earth we have such abundant solar energy it would be silly to build such a sophisticated device for power transmission.
I also wonder how much energy it takes to entangle these particles... might devour any thermodynamic benefit.
First off, put in real simple terms so people like me can understand it, quantumly entangling somthing means making it's energy state undefinable without it's partners or partner. so instead of the regular particle looking to the universe like 1 = 1 it now shows up as 2 = 2, or 3 = 3; Where our first particle is still 1. but on it's own it would show as 1 = 3, so it needs it's entangled buddies to make itself 1+1+1 = 3 because 3=3 is equal to 1=1. (Like a borg particle where everyone is the queen.)
Now what is funny about sending energy instantaniously, (or at least 10,000 times the speed of light) is that it would arrive before it left (see relitivity). this means that 1 there ahe history changing military possibilities, and infinite energy possibilities.
The military application goes as follows> put particle 2 where Hitlar was standing. Put particle 1 90 or so lightyears away, and pump in 20 kajillion volts with a modest 5 amps, and watch what happens when the videos all start showing him exploding after the first "Seig heil!".
"But where do we get 20 kajillion volts?" you ask. well that's somewhere in infinity I'm sure. Now for infinite energy you just need 2 pairs of entangled particles, 1 sends 1 volt to 2, 2 sends via old fashioned conductor 1 volt to 1a, which sends the volt to 2a which conducts that charge to 1 the moment 1 was sending it's oiginal charge. and now 1 is sending 2 2 volts. lather rinse repeat in a time loop, and you got infinite energy.
That's all I got...
And then just turn that energy back into mass and prevent the indefinite expansion of the universe... Save the universe.. Even if you wouldn't notice anything for a few trillion years...
But I believe the problem with what you said is causality, which from my understanding prevents this sort of thing from happening and is the same reason that getting a wormhole set won't work..
Though in a debate between two people who were discussing it, it appeared to me that while you could look like you went through time, you technically wouldn't. Sure, you could see yourself from the past, but technically, you can do that with a mirror a long way off.
So, unless the energy is not trying to travel through the inside of the universe, I see no problem with it. I mean, when you are talking about individual particles, you start dealing with weird physics anyways... Since you can't directly violate relativity, you would have to leave the universe so far as I can tell, so if we consider the universe a bubble, rather than going through the bubble normally, we go to the outside and reenter it elsewhere so that you didn't really violate relativity. Sure, for all intents and purposes, you went faster than light, but technically you didn't. So far as I can tell, this is a loophole in causality and is the only way I can come up with that particles can become entangled while abiding by some sort of logic.
I would imagine that while each particle has the typical visible traits such as mass, charge, etc, you have others that you can't see. I'm a programmer, so I see the universe as a giant program. Think Sins. On the surface, it looks one way, but if you start looking for the code that you can't see in-game directly, but you know has to be there you can start to figure it out what it could potentially say. For this reason, I would think that the universe is more or less a giant computer. We are just part of the "simulation" that you see. The real work is being done elsewhere.
Its like in computer code when you reference a subroutine, only in this case, you are referencing a particle.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but that is my view on the universe. And by the way, Saggin, thanks for the response.
From what I understand, the wireless energy transfer would be seemingly useless in deep space travel. If the particles have to be entangled then separated, and one particle is destroyed on one end, then the transfer of energy is not infinitely linked. So the time and money being put into the process would be redundant and the space that the tech took up could be better used for more fuel storage.
To add to my previous comment, this tech does not seem relevant to any system where the energy source needs to be replaced consistently, I.E: electric cars, planes or other such machines. It would only be useful in very few situations.
I think I'd try to use this concept to keep myself alive indefinitely.
If I could digitize the entirety of my physical form, then centralize this data into a particle generator of some kind, I would just keep instantiating copies of my digitized self. When the original particle, as described above, is destroyed, no worries, the "factory" would construct yet another instance of me from the database.
After this initial proof-of-concept, I might extend this idea to making backups of my thought patterns as well, such that maybe if I had digitized a 40-year-old version of myself as the "original" and it came time to create a new instance around age 75 or so (or whenever my body's systems start going seriously downhill), I'd instantiate a copy of my 75-year-old self's neural net and integrate this into the next emerging instance of my 40-year-old body to ensure memory continuity.
If you put energy teleporters near a star, like our sun, and hook it up to spacecraft propulsion - lookout light speed - here we come! Also, if the Avatar technology (instant interplanetary communications), or similar conscious projection is possible...we could explore other planets, with wholly different atmospheres (toxic to humans), and interact with other species without them knowing we were there, or leaving our armchairs. Could that already be happening on Earth as you read this? Is the secret to space travel so instant, we can switch our consciousness to various worlds as fast as we can change TV stations on a cable remote? It looks like it might be so. Once a clone/surrogate (saw the Surrogate movie too) is full body aware, there is no need to go there in person.
One thing for certain, the technology is starting to come out of the closet. We have multi-dimensional space, particles communicating faster than light, and now the first whiffs of humanity tapping into infinite energy sources of great power, all while we explore by projecting our consciousness instantly anywhere in our galaxy, like a God.
I know they say we are not a stage 1 civilization yet...but if we jump to tapping stars for energy, we skip the old stage 1 to stage 2 theories offered by physicists, and go straight for universal colonization, with the awesome ability for one explorer to BE on tens of several planets in full consciousness in only a DAY! Why travel 5 years in a fast ship when you can be there in 5 minutes? Teleporting energy PROVES that man can explore great distances (instant communications and tooling) at a much faster velocity than could even be imagined. An interplanetary spaceship for humans may look more like an isolation chamber than an actual craft.
OK...here's another one:
If these technologies bare fruit, we are talking about humanity going beyond its original biology into a super god-like race that can project itself, live a 1,000 years, move consciousness to any point, and our toys, anywhere in the universe on a whim, as we use high energy spacecraft to get our toys "out there" with these awesome energy sources, then place our consciousness inside. We will no longer be a single planet species, and become stewards of this side of the galaxy. I hope unlimited energy sources, and energy anywhere you want it, will not spoil us. Our present civilization status is like adolescents in high school, and most of the senior class is about to graduate.