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Quantum Teleportation is as much "true" teleportation as most Sci-fi examples.

Take "transporters" in Star Trek; they scan the original person/object (presumably to determine the quantum state of every atom in their body), destroy the original person/object (presumably converting their mass into energy that is use to power the last step), combine these two aspects into a "pattern", beam the pattern to another transporter for reassembly, or use the pattern to recreate the individual at another location.

Frankly, I would not allow myself to be subject to such a procedure, as I could not be certain that my current conciousness would survive, and there is no way of testing this, as a perfect copy of me would have the exact same conciousness (at least to all observationor introspection), thus would not beable to tell if anything was wrong/different. Now, no one else would ever know the difference, but I am not keen on the idea of dieing, even if I would be immediately replaced with someone who is essentially me.

Now, if something similar could be accomplished with no interuption of conciousness, then I might consider it. This would be vastly more complicated as it would involve moving minute pieces of myself at a time, while allowing the pieces that have moved, and those that have not, to affect each other, and interact, normally during the process. This way I would be in continual existence, with no loss of conciousness at any time, and thus would be the same person, even if by the end of the process, all the mass that made up my body had been replaced. Afterall, virtually none of the atoms that make up your body now will be the same ones you have in your body 30 years from now, yet you will still be you. Interuption/continuity of conciousness is the key.

For unliving things, or things that lack a conciousness of value, a perfect copy is, in all ways, just as good as the original, so this problem doesn't exist.

Stuff like this is a long way off. Now we can do it to single atoms if the conditions are perfect. Being able to do it to hundreds of trillions of atoms, on the fly, anywhere, is still firmly in the grasp of Sci-fi. Still, I do not think such challanges are insurmountable.

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And cars were going to fly in the year 2000.
The first flying car (that really flew) was built in the 1940s.
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You know what i mean.
Do you mean..Terminated!

Sorry..Had to...Well that is time travel but..one step closer eh!
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