posted on Jul, 3 2004 @ 01:16 AM
Yes, entangled qbits are the way to go.
Once we've got quantum computing out of our pants and into the sun, that will assuredly happen.'
Imagine it - streaming high res visual colour webcams on mars. In orbit around jupiter. In the Kuiper belt. Lag would be a thing of the past. We could
be anywhere in the universe and communicate with earth instantaneously.
The reason we can't do it now is reliant upon a few things.
The first, we don't have the power to accurately watch what goes on on the surface of an earth-sized planet a trillion light years away. We COULD,
repeat, COULD set up an advanced satellite system around earth that kept track of places we wanted to be able to watch in the past and then record it
in our local sattelinet, then send the signal on a high frequency towards our beacon/receiver a light year away, and it would use entanglement to get
back to us instantaneously.
There's problem 2 - the 'instantaneously' barely exists yet. We're just beginning to understand how quantum teleportation/entanglement works.
Problem 3 - location and co-ordination. Keeping perfect track of where to aim to hit a satellite a year in the future as you quickly shoot around the
earth which shoots around the sun wouldn't be extremely easy.
Long and short: Good idea. Happen eventually, but not for a while.
In a similar boat: This is likely how Von Neumann probes will eventually work. We send them, they map, and then use quantum entanglement to get back
to us instantaneously. They map as fast as they can map, and we get a large scale picture of the universe that modifies itself in real time. Won't
that be simply beatiful? All we'd have to do is have instructions built within the network for a communications droid and some standard reception
equipment - if there were any repeating signals out there we could track them, create a comms/friend droid, and meet our new species through a two way
instant monitor/microphone or even smellogram.
What a world we'll see. What a world.