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To beam or not to beam - could beaming be possible?

Lecture by
Dr. Hubert Zitt

Available as online lecture

To beam or not to beam - could beaming be possible?

To beam or not to beam - could beaming be possible?

"Beam me up, Scotty!”, this magic phrase has permeated our popular culture. In Star Trek, life-forms as well as solid and liquid objects are beamed from one place to another.

In his lecture, Global Top Speaker Dr. Hubert Zitt describes in detail how beaming works in Star Trek: How many data must be captured of a humanoid life form to beam this person? With which transmission rate do these data have to be sent to the new destination? How do the Heisenberg compensators work and what happens in the pattern buffer? How far has today's technology advanced (keyword quantum teleportation) and what remains to be done until we can beam life-forms? Because the technologies of the holodecks and replicators are very similar to that of the transporter, these are also treated in the lecture. 


  • Background information about Star Trek 
  • Theoretical and technical views about beaming
  • Problems from today's perspective
  • Is there hope for the future and where do we stand today?
  • How do holodecks and replicators work?

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