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Old 17-05-2009, 01:39 AM   #1
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Cool The teleporter exists

It's 2024. A functional and 100% safe teleportation device has been produced which is capable of both non-organic and organic matter transportation - up to the size of a greyhound bus.

What do you think the ramifications on civilisation will be?

Fuel?
Employment?
Social?
Manufacturing and delivery of products.
Online consumer product-testing? (Try before you buy?)

What are your thoughts on how teleportation would change the world?

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Old 17-05-2009, 02:13 AM   #2
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It would be great, but as ST shows there are always areas that it can't reach, and as DOOM the movie shows, one will always have to deal with one's feet going one place and the rest of one going the other.... talk about Breakaway. The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy has some realistic things to say about the idea too.

But having said that it would save a lot of money and damage to the environment etc. I'd still want to go for a cruise along the highway though... may not be able to by then.

What would also be interesting to discover is what continuous transportation does to the human/ animal body. Scotty in the transporter loop for 75 years aside. If I travelled to work each day would it start to effect my body at the sub-atomic level? Probably prefer to take my NEW bike and use the transporter for longer trips.

All things considered I'd have to say Bring it on. 1 to Beam up as they say.
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Old 17-05-2009, 02:46 AM   #3
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It's 2024. A functional and 100% safe teleportation device has been produced which is capable of both non-organic and organic matter transportation - up to the size of a greyhound bus.

What do you think the ramifications on civilisation will be?

Fuel?
Employment?
Social?
Manufacturing and delivery of products.
Online consumer product-testing? (Try before you buy?)

What are your thoughts on how teleportation would change the world?

This technology has many other applications, such as virtual medicine (manipulating the stored data to create a copy better, or perhaps radically different, than the original),or backup copies of yourself (creating a copy from recently stored information if the original was involved in a mishap.)on to a computer hard drive.It would have to be a huge computer that a very large memory because it must handle billions and billions of bytes of information.Travel from parallel dimension to another parallel dimension will be possible.In other words, from one plane of existence to another plane of existence. Maybe time travel would be possible because of the use of wormholes.Teleportation by means of the mind or innate personal abilities are sometimes referred to as p-Teleportation.In short, p-teleportation whereby individuals can move objects through space by teleportation is real and is actively being studies by elite research institutions of a number of countries. This is the most significant aspect of the study since it concludes that a phenomenon that is performed only partially by present technological means is done by psychic means far much more successfully and extensively than commonly understood.

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Old 17-05-2009, 05:45 AM   #4
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When I was at University I had an idea about a novel (well, we all have one in us they say) that explored this idea and it's impact on the world. I even limited it to non-organic transport to reduce the complexity of the various changes it would bring about.

First of all, assuming just transporting inert goods, it would have an effect on the number of lorries, trains, planes etc. used to haul stuff about. However, food transport would not be affected. Road use would (initially) return to levels where the need for more and more bypasses and motorways would stall and even decline (turning some back into fields).

Then there was the decision as to where these transporter units would end up - between factory and shop/home or would there still be a logistical advantage in having some distribution network? Would factories become retailers? Would the high street become just grocers and fishmongers? Say goodbye to mobile phone shops (hurrah!).

Of course there will be security implications - border checks become less effective, so the authorities will probably install some intercepts on the transmission frequencies to make sure no-one's sending dodgy stuff (money, porn, weapons, even a ticking bomb).

As an aside to this, I had the early technology interfering with radio/TV signals with comedic/tragic results.

Finally, there was the question of the energy needed for all this. In my novel idea, I suggested that the desire to have this technology everywhere would cause runaway consumption of energy - with eventual disastrous climatic changes. Always leave 'em laughing I say.

Well, that's my 2p worth.

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Old 17-05-2009, 05:58 AM   #5
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Sounds like a good novel to write.
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Old 17-05-2009, 07:25 AM   #6
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The price of oil drops in fairly short order.
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Old 17-05-2009, 07:51 AM   #7
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The ramifications of this is attaining a new level as a species.As a Type I civilization we can pretty accomplish everything.A teleporter is something a Type I civilization produces. We are at the cusp of attaining this.

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Old 17-05-2009, 11:10 AM   #8
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You would have some trouble with the Transport Worker's Union...

Anyway, my kids have been teleporting for a while now

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Old 17-05-2009, 11:57 AM   #9
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Police forces everywhere would $h1t themselves.

all of a sudden the Alibi goes out the window. You can be at a swanky do in Hollywood and murder someone in London in the time it takes to pop to the loo.

Floating riots. Something interesting happens on TV, and within minutes there are crowds of thousands actually there. Pickpocketing and looting under such conditions would be unenforceable.
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Old 17-05-2009, 01:38 PM   #10
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As the typical Star Trek style teleporter destroys you and then creates a copy in the other place then I would never use it.
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Old 17-05-2009, 02:05 PM   #11
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As the typical Star Trek style teleporter destroys you and then creates a copy in the other place then I would never use it.
The logical step is to recreate you from it's pattern buffer if you die on an away mission. Alternatively, don't wear the red T-shirt when you beam down.
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Old 17-05-2009, 02:51 PM   #12
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Police forces everywhere would themselves.

all of a sudden the Alibi goes out the window. You can be at a swanky do in Hollywood and murder someone in London in the time it takes to pop to the loo.

Floating riots. Something interesting happens on TV, and within minutes there are crowds of thousands actually there. Pickpocketing and looting under such conditions would be unenforceable.
Blimey - you're right.
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Old 17-05-2009, 03:37 PM   #13
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Unfortunately I cannot take credit for the ideas, they were Larry Nivens! He had several ideas about the first days of functional teleporters, such as the fact that the first ones would be very costly, so that the first private ones would go to the rich. Once public teleporters became available, there was a spate of robberies as thieves would connect to random units until they found a place where the owners were out and use the teleporter to make their getaway with stolen items. He also postulated the demise of the alibi and the "Permanent Floating Riot Club" who were a group of people who used the teleports to get to places where crouds were gathering and either pick pockets or start a riot to cover their looting of nearby shops. They then used the teleports to make their escape before the authorities arrived.

I can wholeheartedly recommend his books for a good read. "The Flight of the Horse" and "A hole in Space" are where you would probably get a good idea of flash crowds and the problems of teleportation.

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Old 17-05-2009, 03:44 PM   #14
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1. A naked Natalie Imbruglia is whisked to my boudoir.
2. The police arrive.
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Old 17-05-2009, 08:24 PM   #15
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Alpha would be considered a part of a Type I civilization. They have mastered the process of fusion,used teleportation,used antimatter,and exploration of the stars and the planets.

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Old 18-05-2009, 12:21 AM   #16
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As the typical Star Trek style teleporter destroys you and then creates a copy in the other place then I would never use it.
Yes, just ask Will Riker how he likes it. Its a bit like the Holo-suites... they always go dreadfully wrong... like who'd use them?
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Yes, just ask Will Riker how he likes it. Its a bit like the Holo-suites... they always go dreadfully wrong... like who'd use them?
I agree
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Old 18-05-2009, 08:35 AM   #18
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Yes, just ask Will Riker how he likes it.
Or Kirk. Must be hell being split into a good you and an evil you.
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Old 18-05-2009, 10:46 AM   #19
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How about a 3D printer? Its not teleportation but one can send a program to the end destination and they can print out a copy in 3D. I know car makers, dentists and surgeons use a primitive version.
Just think of the uses for a model maker!! Need a part? Punch in the measurements, pick a material and press print! I believe this will take off in a big way in the future.
I read a magazine article that said the average household of the future will have 'everything machines' were one could simply go online, pick a product and 'print' it out in 3D!!
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I really wouldnt have an issue with it unless there were insects about or gibbons. That would put me off. But an evil me created? That's just silly.
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