Thanks to two studies published in Nature last Thursday, the chance of successful teleportation has considerably increased. Which is a good thing, right?
We’re still a far way’s off from being able to beam people through space, but in a science first, physicists have successfully transported information across a solid state system similar to a computer chip. The breakthrough could lead to more powerful processors and highly sophisticated encryption schemes.
The core advantage of quantum computing — the ability to compute for many possible outcomes at the same time and therefore crunch data much more quickly than classical computers — also creates a problem for data security.
The problem with messages is that you can't be sure who might pick them up at the other end. But a new scheme for a quantum communications ensures only a recipient in exactly the right location can read their message.