The Trouble with Transporters

The Trouble with Transporters

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19 Responses

  1. Garrick Colby says:

    In the choice betwixt Star Trek and say Portal,

    Star Trek < Portal Just in terms of constancy and good Science.

  2. Ola Nordmann says:

    This can be explained better if you take cloning. Say you step into a
    machine that clones an exact copy of you.
    Similar to the transporter, which to copies you to another place. But with
    cloning, the original remains presents so now there is two of you.
    Then, someone shoots and kills original you. Are you still alive in the new
    clone, that is an exact copy of you? No. And this is what the transporter
    does and the same that this video explains. Only that with cloning I think
    people can relate to it better.

  3. Prazeodyn says:

    I prefer your old ‘stickman’ animations ;_;

  4. Arin Nya says:


  5. Martin Li says:

    Weird animation style. Its cool but it isn’t CGP Grey, please go back.

  6. toniovodka1 says:

    i liked the stick people more, it was part of the personality of the

  7. Mihailo Ostojic says:

    What is this, Vsauce now?

  8. Aaron Daniel Donaldson says:

    Missed you so much. Thanks for coming back to us!

  9. Mitigate Keeps says:

    I absolutely love the new art style in this video, although it looks like
    Grey has put on some serious weight there!

  10. sciencegiraffe says:


  11. Paulin Cherpas says:

    kinda reminds me of the Prestige directed by Christopher Nolan ^^

  12. ChakraX2 says:


  13. JoryIsHere says:

    You never lose consciousness during transport so the premise is flawed. In
    the second episode of the sixth season of Star Trek The Next Generation,
    Reginald Barclay is shown being transported without ever losing
    consciousness. Apparently even though your atoms are being disassembled you
    remain “awake” in the pattern buffer until reassembly. It’s easy to be
    certain that you are in fact you when there is continuity of thought
    before, during, and after transport.

  14. ha nguyen says:

    Wow wow I just notice you can really draw now?

  15. NegativeSquad says:

    Eh, I think consciousness is just sort of an odd illusion created by our
    brains. We think there is an immutable core ‘us’ simply because our brains
    seamlessly take in memories and experience and operate with them
    continuously. And I would not compare going to sleep to a teleporter – your
    brain is still active when asleep, whereas indeed, the teleporter just
    disintegrates you and makes a new you in its place.

    But this is a thing I’ve been thinking of for a long time! That teleporters
    and even time travel machines wouldn’t really send ‘you’ through their
    passage, because they are a metaphysical passage that can only really carry
    information, but they’d just obliterate you and put another one where it’s

  16. Vanessa Rose says:

    Love the new animation style! But this really made my brain hurt…..

  17. Parker Hemmingsen says:

    i dont like the new style

  18. PhysicsPolice says:

    3:33 “The transporter has to be a suicide box.”
    No it doesn’t. Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death.
    Death is the end of the life of a person or organism. The life of someone
    who goes through the transporter is not ended. Transporter errors can cause
    their life to end. So can car rides. Transporter errors can cause a person
    to be replicated more than once from the pattern buffer. This raises
    interesting questions, like which is the “real” person, but even then
    there’s no person alive before this accident who is now dead after it. So
    no one died. So no one committed suicide. So it’s not a suicide box. When
    two people are reconstituted into one, indeed, something new and different
    from death has happened to their lives. But it’s misleading and I feel
    incorrect to call this “suicide” and it is the rare exception. Thomas Riker
    wasn’t forced to commit suicide.

  19. dragatus says:

    Oh hey, let’s watch that CGP video before I go to bed.

    “Sleep well.”

    Damn it!