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I really want to know what this is all about. Can someone please explain it to me in plain English that even a dumb beaver such as I can understand. Thank you.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_teleportation
Individual objects at the quantum level for example electrons, protons, and whole atoms if they have exactly the same quantum state are totally indistinguishable. So if you can create circumstances where an object in a particular quantum state at one location can be replaced by another object at a different location in exactly the same quantum state you could be said to have "teleported" this quantum object from one location to another.To do this requires the effective destruction of the quantum state of the initial objectThe famous star trek transporter device is a conceptually extended version of this device whereby all the atoms of a person are teleported in exactly the same quantum states from one location to another. I say conceptual because the information involved and the risks of errors are such that it will always be impossible to perform this feat with any significantly macroscopic objects.If you wished to perform a familiar feat on an alien planet It would be much better to send down an android simulacrum and link minds via a radio data link. This should work as long as you are not too far away with the mother ship. Much safer too because the androids could be disposable!