"This is a predictive tool I've used: There are goals we've sought for ten thousand years, and we'll go on seeking them. Instant transport and travel, immortality (or at least longevity and miracle cures.), instant learning …"
Excellent early shot at the transporter beam of Star Trek fame, tested in the story by out-of-work boxer Slugger Martin. He's been hired off a park bench by ol' Doc Murtha. Slugger has just the qualifications Doc has in mind. "You're a pugilist, eh? That's good. I'm looking for somebody with a strong body and a dim intelligence..."
Teleportation is, of course, a favorite of sci-fi writers; see the earlier Vibra-Transmitter (1933) and the more recent stepping disks (1970) from Niven's Ringworld.
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