In the recently released scifi movie Jumper, a young man is able to teleport himself from one place to another in the blink of an eye. Hollywood publicist Warren Betts organized an evening putting on stage director Doug Liman and actor Hayden Christensen to meet & discuss with MIT physics professors Dr. Max Tegmark and Dr. Edward Fahri.
In physics teleportation stands for the transfer of quantum states from one atom to another. No Star Trek ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ yet, though progress is being made at the atomic level.
“Dr. Tegmark said that even inaccurate science fiction movies could inspire scientists to think. You could see something that you think is impossible, he said, but that might start you thinking. “Why is that impossible? It can trigger a train of thought,” he said.”
This resonates somehow with Nicolas‘ line ‘I do really prefer reading sci-fi, instead of so-called “futurists”.’ a while ago. The element of plot, narrative, the immersion & the engagement factor etc. are all elements central to the different way in which people deal with information differently when presented as an experience vs. as a rational series of info/data to process. Different kinds of triggers and carrier waves lie at the basis of different trains of thought.