It is not yet possible to teleport entire objects, like an apple or a person, say. Only tiny particles like photons.
However, this news is significant for a number of reasons. First, it is a major step forward. Second, even if entire objects cannot be transported this way, this technology can be used to transport information in the form of binary code. With information transported this way, faster-than-ever communication is a real possibily. And with technology like 3-D printing becoming more sophisticated, in many cases transported information can be used to build an object at a distance. This article also has geopolitical implications: Many in the West have claimed the Chinese are "only good at copying and not at innovating," but if they are taking the lead in technology like this, is an intellectually powerful China that can lead in innovation as well as cheap manufacturing all that far behind?
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edit on 5/12/2012 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)