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Scientists working on quantum teleportation have succeeded and set a new record for teleporting photon particles from Tibet to satellite Micius, which is orbiting 870 miles above Earth.

Just to clarify, the scientists sent a packet of information using pairs of quantum-entangled particles in an effort to establish a secure, long-distance communication system. Their work has nothing to do with sending humans to another point in space.

So will human teleportation be possible in the future? One has to understand the concepts better to answer this.

The quick answer is that something like it could become possible someday but likely not through quantum entanglement — at least not the way fiction writers imagine. This is because teleportation through quantum entanglement is such a sensitive process that any slight disturbance could cause it to fail. Case-in-point: out of the 4,000 pairs of photons beamed into orbit, only 911 were successful because the Earth's atmosphere tends to deviate.

"Even then people were thinking about Star Trek. But we are talking about sending the state of a single particle, not the billions of billions of billions of particles that form a person," Bristol University's Professor Sandu Popescu explained. Professor Popescu has been working on quantum entanglement for decades.

It's really difficult to rule out any technology that seems too futuristic since science is always advancing.

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Category: Science