No, not spoiler in that sense. Doug Liman’s new action movie “Jumper” is all about teleportation, you see, and one of the questions that’s going to be on people’s minds is something like “Is teleportation really possible, or is it just some silly science fiction thing?”. I like it when such questions come up, and I like trying to answer them too.
This time I get to do it officially, since Doug Liman’s people are doing a private screening of the film this evening and there’ll be a panel of some of the film’s creators and a scientist for questions and answers afterward. I’ll be the scientist.
The downside is that I’ll be the bad guy of the evening by having to pour a bit of cold water on some of the flights of fancy. The spoiler, you see, as in spoilsport. The upside (besides, you know, free movie) is that I’ll maybe get to explain some really cool physics to an interested audience. So what’s the answer to the question above about teleportation? Well, it is not as straightforward as you might think. I’ll say “Yes and No”, and let you go over and read more in a longer post I did on some of the physics over on Correlations.
In other teleportation news, here’s an amusing coincidence. I learned the other day that the actress Marlene Forte (who, you may recall, has generously played many times the role of Lucha in readings of the play “Dark Matters” that I co-wrote and developed with playwright Oliver Mayer*) has been cast in the upcoming new Star Trek Movie…as the Transporter Chief. Well Done, Marlene!
(*See for example a post about an early reading here.)