Teleportation has been a technological dream for many, and since the concept was popularized by Star Trek in the late 1960s, there has been an ongoing desire to make it a reality. A group of German scientists from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam have been able to get us one step closer, but the version we all want is still far far away.
Paying homage to Star Trek, the teleportation device has been given the name “Scotty” and is essentially a sophisticated 3D printer that scans the original object and reconstructs it on the receiving end. What makes this device one of teleportation is that the original object is physically deconstructed as the new pieces form on the other end.
The uses of this type of teleporting are quite limited at the moment, and would not work on any living object like a human, but it is an interesting technological advancement nevertheless. Could the key to human teleportation be found from the discoveries made in creating “Scotty”? Considering the deconstruction involves grinding the object into little pieces, probably not.