Scientific American: What’s the biggest misconception about teleportation?
Jeff Kimble: That the object itself is being sent. We’re not sending around material stuff. If I wanted to send you a Boeing 757, I could send you all the parts, or I could send you a blueprint showing all the parts, and it’s much easier to send a blueprint. Teleportation is a protocol about how to send a quantum state–a wave function–from one place to another.
–CalTech physicist H. Jeff Kimble says “Beam me up, Scotty” has done a great disservice to public perception of teleportation.