Gee, we have all the answers, don't we? We, who have "had technology" for what, a hundred years max? It's like Seth Shostack of SETI saying that the
way to communicate over galactic distances is the radio or light beam way. Know what? Ten years ago the light beam idea didn't exist within SETI. What a difference a decade makes. Let's just suppose a civilization popped up, say. oh, a million years before ours and evolved technology at earth speed. What type of things might they have? How about if they are a billion years ahead of us in technology? Would we even begin to recognize their capabilities as being...anything? If you take a peek at the old Buck Rogers movies you won't see a computer anywhere. Maybe, in a half million years, someone will invent the Zigabootie, a device that makes both intesteller travel and bathroom bowl cleaning easy. I leave you with this thought: If the sun totally disappeared right now, we would see it blink out about eight minutes later. However, the earth would stop reacting to the sun's gravitational affect and go off in a straight line immediately. It wouldn't wait eight minutes. Does this mean gravity travels faster than light?
Just because you can dream it up, doesnt mean we can make it so.
i can dream of flying by flapping my pinkies. i cant make it so.
TECHNOLOGY CANT SOLVE ANY PROBLEM WE MAKE UP ARBITRARILY
beam me up has not only tons of practical impossibilities to it, but it also has philosophical problems as well. the main philosophical one is that is a reconstitutes you really you? which is why on "start trek" some species will not use one and will only go in a shuttle (besides the few that can be hurt by it).
it was a literary vehicle that gets over the horrible bug a boo of how far apart everything is so that a story can make sense with characters that know each other and come back home to a place they still recognize. they even had to come up with a communication method that went around this problem as light speed is the limit (nuclear bombs wouldnt work if it wasnt!). without these literary vehicles the stories would have read like pre industrial sailing ships.
lets take your transporter problem. since reactions occur faster than femtoseconds (haveing to do with plank length and time), you would first have to freeze all processes. what force would you use? note that the force must be strong enough to freeze all this AND still be hidden from us now and have no sign of it in stellar reactions and such. ok. just take the simple energy equations and convert the mass of a person to its energy equivalent. how do you store it? ok, well give you that you will say that you dont, you have to send it as you make it and reconstitute it. we have to then use that mythical manipulative force to then some how peice the parts together. neglecting the energy issue, the freezing issue and such. how many pieces of information have to be stored just to place particles in the right place, so when you 'let go' they can then proceed as before (of course all those reactions you were in the middle in were occuring in different influencing field which when you reconstitute are different. lets see, you need 6 numbers to accuracy of more than 20 decimal places to describe the vector that the particle was traveling in, and you need a velocity component also to 20 decimal places... howver, heisenbergs uncertainty principal says you cant know this information to that degree without changing it.
there is no way to probe the system without destroying or changing how the system operates.
for fun lets continue a bit.
so lets see. you have something like
7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms in a 160 lb person...
[Of this, almost 2/3 is hydrogen, 1/4 is oxygen, and about 1/10 is carbon. These three atoms add up to 99% of the total!]
it takes 32 bits to represent a 10 digit number that peaks at 4.2 billion. so really it takes 32 bits to represent a 9 digit number completely. it takes 64 bits to make a 18 position floating point number. a 40 place decimal number is probably near 200 place binary number.
so lets see. you take that large number above and you multiply that by 7, then multiply that by 200 and you get the number of bits to store for all the atoms positions and their vectors and velocity.
then for each hydrogen atom you would have to do the same for each particle in side that makes it up. one, or none electrons. no neutrons or a few. and one proton. each one of those particles needs those 7 digit numbers.
doing this for oxygen and carbon and all the isotopic variants is a bitch...
(we will assume that we dont need to also position the quarks, gluons, and other particles smaller than and that make up protons and other things. just the quarks multiply all the numbers by another 3 for each particle)
it gets even more hairy when you stop measuring the solid things and start to measure the not solid things! so while two particles cant occupy the same space, its perfectly fine for thousands of other particles to exist in the same space!!!
whats even harder than that, is that at any particular time one of these things can momentarily cancel each other out. so at the instant you freeze it all, things that are actually there, dont actually exist for a little while....
now to throw another wrench into it.
if you freeze it, you cant get the vector information... so you have to freeze it twice!!! and compare the two cardinal location quantities to ascertain the velocity component of the vector
now to store that information would require a few thousand atoms for each value.
are you also suggesting that we are able to accelerate light itself to speed up calculations? how fast does a computer need to be to go through all that and just look at each piece and drop it without doing anything.
do you realize that this number when done is larger than all the atoms in the universe?
i guess though we could open a door into another universe and then use all their matter and call it the great abacus. though we could not bring it into our universe to examine it as its mass would change the curvature of ours and effect its outcome. lets hope another racein another universe doesnt need our universe as a carry register!
too many ads and trite repeats of sayings about those that state the impossible.
there are a lot of people tinkering in their garages on things that will never ever ever work because they would require some fundemental changes to the universe.
meanwhile, they think that people like me just happen to be scrouges that want to spoil their fun.
the idiocy is that all things are not possible, or even probable. the key is to pick something possible, that everyone else hasnt looked at enough to see how it IS possible.
the wright brothers didnt do the impossible. the wright brothers did what was possible but believed out of hand that it was not practical. balloons and hang gliders already existed. strapping a motor to it had to only answer the question whether a motor could generate enough excess energy to lift itself.
this is a far cry from discovering a unknown force that not only exists, but can be used to peer into matter states without effecting them AND allow them to be effected at will. this force must permeate everything, and yet not effect anyting till we invoke it.