Magazine June 11, 2012, Issue

To Boldly Politick

People dressed as Star Trek characters at the Star Trek: Mission New York convention, September 2, 2016 (Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters)

It’s one thing to read that scientists are working on teleportation devices. It’s quite another to learn they not only got one to work but beamed something 143 kilometers between two islands off North Africa. Just photons, granted — particles so evanescent and slight they have no more mass than a politician’s promise, but they’re fast. Imagine the speed it takes for a thought to go from Joe Biden’s brain to his mouth, and then double it. That fast.

It’s not ready for people yet. MIT’s Technology Review blog notes that “the quantum information that photons carry cannot survive the battering

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