Re: The Spike, nanotech, and a future scenario

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Tue, 07 Oct 1997 17:13:42 -0500 wrote:
> I also read that IBM are using
> teleportation as a means for faster than light communcation. The really
> interesting thing is, this was all in a business computing magazine, so all
> this has now officially gone mainstream.

NOT accurate. Some idiot at IBM started this rumor years ago with an ad in
Scientific American. I suppose that now that we know how to do
sort-of-teleportation in the sense of transmitting all information about a
particle without transmitting the particle itself - formerly thought to be
impossible - the rumor has resurfaced. I am NOT aware of ANY reports that
this effect operates instantaneously, although I suppose that's theoretically
possible (uses quantum-measurement stuff, and nobody knows when or how fast
that operates).

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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