Quantum teleportation could help flat Earthers
Amilestone in quantum teleportation was reached by scientists in China who — for a lack of a better word — beamed photons from Earth to a satellite orbiting our spherical planet using quantum entanglement.
The Denver Post Editorial Board is incapable of replicating this experiment. But we trust the MIT Technology Review report, which included the statement that “teleportation has become a standard operation in quantum optics labs around the world.” That’s the transfer of quantum state from one place to another, without the physical traveling of the information. It instantaneously arrives — in this case on a satellite circling the globe and passing the same place everyday at the same time.
Some of the most brilliant minds of our time are in the process of bridging the gap between this small feat and quantum computers that process multiple scenarios instantaneously, or as the researchers stated in their report, a “globalscale quantum internet.” The possibilities of such technology are a bit disorienting.
Not disorienting, however, is the fact in this experiment that the Earth is a sphere. It’s a verifiable scientific fact, and one the editorial board could not only prove but also provide a rough estimate of the circumference of the Earth. All we’d need is two sticks of identical height in two cities a known distance from one another, and an ability to measure the shadow the sticks cast at noon. That a group of Coloradans hold meetings asserting the Earth is flat in 2017, as reported by The Denver Post’s Graham Ambrose this month, is also disorienting.
Today we all rely on the scientific community to peer review each other’s work and tell us laymen what has really occurred. Their diligence has resulted in remarkable technological advancements, safe vaccinations, and an understanding of how greenhouse gases are impacting our climate.