If there’s one thing you’ll never see me do, it’s step into a teleporter. Oh, it might be safe. It might look safe. But there are still philosophical debates out there on the nature of consciousness and whether or not the you who enters such a machine will be the you who leaves, or if it even matters.
Personally, I’d rather not find out.
Russia, on the other hand, is ready to go. According to The Telegraph, Russia’s National Technological Initiative, backed by the Kremlin, is looking toward a number of compelling technological breakthroughs within the next 20 years, from quantum computing to neural interfaces and, yes, actual teleportation.
They point to research at Stanford, where they’ve been doing all kinds of wild experiments.
We’ll see how Russia’s endeavor goes, but don’t get your hopes up. Besides, even without the whole copy/original quandary, teleportation just seems like a messy proposition to me. I mean, if things go wrong. RIP Pig Lizard.