@hchavers Numerous sci-fi writers have pointed out that working transporter technology would be pretty much the end of civilization. Nothing to stop theft, kidnapping, assassination, depositing a nuke anywhere, etc.
@jst1ofknd My favorite rationalization of the transporter was from (I think) “The Physics of Star Trek”. The author departed from the standard disassemble/reassemble explanation and described a transporter that was based on the warp drive technology that created a mini-wormhole between the current position and destination. The “sparkly” effect was the result of the traveler’s particles disappearing/reappearing in the two endpoints as the wormhole was opened and closed. Or something like that - anyway it neatly avoided the whole disintegration/re-creation/multiple copies rat hole.
@jst1ofknd Sounds a lot like the Teraport (and any similarity to “tear apart” is purely intentional!) technology in the Schlock Mercenary universe.
Though the Teraport creates zillions of tiny wormholes, and moving a ship is as easy as moving a person, other than the energy expenditure. And energy is pretty much free thanks to “Annie Plants” (total annihilation of neutronium).
Unfortunately the creation of the Teraport upset balances of power, warfare doctrine, commerce, and sparked a few major wars. Unintended consequences, you know.
Teraport Area Denial fields are the countermeasure. And space travel now consists of instantaneous travel between any two points undefended by a TAD, and then hours or days of sublight travel to get to your destination planet.
@dannybeans oh, Hell no. If I was appointed captain of a Starfleet vessel, first thing I would do out of space dock would be to beam the holodeck into the sun. Those things are always trouble.
If you like danger, we have a Parisi Squares Court; that thing isn’t going to achieve sentience and fly the ship into a black hole.
@givancic I love cooking, though I am only a mediocre cook. I’d still cook, and my husband would be saying “what are you doing? There is a perfectly good replicator RIGHT THERE.” Just like he has with almost every gadget he’s bought to make my life easier then I fight using for 6 months. But I think the cooking thing would take longer to get me to switch.
teleportation, always! live anywhere (no more insane city rents if you don’t want), work anywhere with no commute, visit anywhere without having to spend on flights or room & board (or just be able to see family more often - which i know isn’t a plus for some but it would be for me), no searching for parking, no car repairs…
for me it would drastically improve quality of life.
@jerk_nugget@jst1ofknd Amusing. It also explains the peaceable, compliant, generally well behaved people that populate the Star Trek universe. The copies created by the transporter are made over into overall nicer versions of themselves. Once everyone’s been thru just once, war, prejudice, racism, sexism, all the other -isms are gone and we all live happily ever after. At least those sort-of-us people live happily ever after. The originals are all at peace in a different way.