If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to teleport. Just think of it—the entire world at your fingertips. What’s the use of being invisible or flying if you can just instantaneously transport yourself somewhere? And to never have to buy another plane ticket or sit in a cramped cabin with a crying kid? Sign me up. Sadly, it’s not as easy as it seems on Star Trek, but recently, Dutch scientists at the Delft Institute of Technology have made a major breakthrough that gives people like me hope: they have achieved the quantum teleportation of data.
This is, admittedly, a far cry from teleporting matter, but the new findings could revolutionize the way we transmit data, both in terms of speed and security. Even Albert Einstein doubted that this was possible, and how often do we get to prove him wrong? Einstein was skeptical about the idea of quantum entanglement, which proposes that particles maintain a link even when separated. Once those particles are divided, Einstein believed, they shouldn’t behave as though they’re still entangled. He even called the idea “spooky action at a distance.”