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The intersection of science fiction and science has always fascinated us.
Like you, we’ve been waiting patiently for modern-day science to catch up to the cool tech we’ve read about from faster than light travel, to hover boards (one’s that actually hover, not the sideways skateboards), and, of course, teleportation. In this week’s installment, we’ll cover some advances in teleportation (yes, you read that correctly) and neurointerface hardware.
Advances in Teleportation? Yes, please.
Teleportation has been the stuff of dreams since we can remember. Made famous by Star Trek, the concept captured our imaginations. So many sci-fi books cover it, in one way or another, that we struggled to come up with one as a reference. But, like always, Dune comes through. In Dune, guild navigators ingest spice to see the path between stars and can move their ships from one spot to another instantaneously. In the climax of the book, the Emperor teleports his warships to Arakis, and Paul and his Freman aren’t very happy about it. No spoilers, but being able to teleport anything anywhere seems the stuff of pure fiction. Until now.
While the latest paper on Quantum Teleportation from Chinese physicist Guang-Can Guo and his colleagues at the University of Science and Technology of China, doesn’t result in something as grand in scale, it does present a huge step forward. Mainly, Guang-Can Guo and his team were able to teleport a qutrit from one lab to another. So, what in the heck is a qutrit? It starts with a qubit. A qubit is a “bit” in the quantum realm. A bit is either a 0 or 1. A qutrit is a 0, 1, or 2 making it much more complex than a qubit. The fact that researchers can teleport some information from one place to another is astounding. To learn more, check out the full article here: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/qutrit-experiments-are-a-first-in-quantum-teleportation/
I’ll Take Neurointerface Hardware for $500, Alex.
Neurointerfaces promise to make us more than human. From the back of the head spike in The Matrix to the more transportable wetware of Neal Asher’s Gridlinked, getting a computer to interface directly with the brain has the potential to take us to new heights as a civilization. We could become better, faster, stronger to borrow from the classic Six Million Dollar Man. Sure, Steve Austin was more of a cyborg, but you get the point. The implications are frankly massive.
Elon Musk is no stranger to pushing the envelope from electric cars, to making tunnels, to flamethrowers, to going to Mars, he likes big ideas and isn’t afraid to pony up to make headway (no pun intended). One of Elon’s companies, Neurolink, has made some tremendous advances in creating hardware that can interface with the brain. The threads in their latest device solve problems associated brain movement and can transmit more data than others. Plus they developed an excellent brain sewing machine. No joke. You can read more about it here: https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/16/20697123/elon-musk-neuralink-brain-reading-thread-robot
What piece of sci-fi tech do you wish we had right now? Tell us about it in the comments.