Stealth Now Old Hat - USAF Looks Into Teleportation
Lest you think that our friends at DARPA are the only ones interested in science-fictional possibilities, the USAF recently took delivery of a new study regarding the military potential of teleportation.
The Teleportation Physics Study was done by Eric Davis of Warp Drive Metrics. Its purpose -
"This study was tasked with the purpose of collecting information describing the teleportation of material objects, providing a description of
teleportation as it occurs in physics, its theoretical and experimental status, and a projection of potential applications. The study also consisted
of a search for teleportation phenomena occurring naturally or under laboratory conditions that can be assembled into a model describing the
conditions required to accomplish the transfer of objects."
The author broke down the various possibilities in this way:
- Teleportation – SciFi: the disembodied transport of persons or inanimate objects across space by
advanced (futuristic) technological means (adapted from Vaidman, 2001). We will call this sf-
Teleportation, which will not be considered further in this study.
- Teleportation – psychic: the conveyance of persons or inanimate objects by psychic means. We
will call this p-Teleportation.
- Teleportation – engineering the vacuum or spacetime metric: the conveyance of persons or
inanimate objects across space by altering the properties of the spacetime vacuum, or by altering
the spacetime metric (geometry). We will call this vm-Teleportation.
- Teleportation – quantum entanglement: the disembodied transport of the quantum state of a
system and its correlofions across space to another system, where system refers to any single or
collective particles of matter or energy such as baryons (protons, neutrons, etc.), leptons
(electrons, etc.), photons, atoms, ions, etc. We will call this q-Teleportation.
- Teleportation – exotic: the conveyance of persons or inanimate objects by transport through extra
space dimensions or parallel universes. We will call this e-Teleportation.
("Old School" Teleportation Technology)
Even though I was disappointed with the outright dismissal of Star Trek-style teleportation (sheesh!), I was briefly encouraged by the fact that he offered solutions that meet the definition of vm-teleportation:
"The first solution can be found from the class of traversable wormholes giving rise to what
I call a true “stargate.” A stargate is essentially a wormhole with a flat-face shape for the throat as
opposed to the spherical-shaped throat of the Morris and Thorne traversable wormhole, which was
derived from a spherically symmetric Lorentzian spacetime metric that prescribes the wormhole geometry."
Unfortunately, despite a lot of very impressive math, he seems to settle on p-teleportation as the most likely recommendation for further study, saying
"P-Teleportation, if verified, would represent a phenomenon that
could offer potential high-payoff military, intelligence and commercial applications. This phenomenon
could generate a dramatic revolution in technology, which would result from a dramatic paradigm shift in
science. Anomalies are the key to all paradigm shifts!"
I know what you're thinking; more wasted government money. However, a quick look at the distribution list thoughtfully included at the end of the report shows that a copy was sent to Gregory Benford, physicist and highly respected sf author. Maybe we'll get a good story out of it.
In the meantime, read what it would be like to step through a wormhole; check out Frank Herbert's description of a vortal tube from his 1969 novel Whipping Star.
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