When I was in Miami Beach recently I flew in and out through Miami International Airport aka MIA and when I was going in and out of the airport I noticed their “Enter” signs on the airport doors were different than any I had ever seen before. Usually this is unremarkable and I wouldn’t think anything more of it aside from mentally acknowledging which was the correct door to enter/exit as I was walking. The difference here was that unlike most other “Enter” signs I have seen in my life, this sign was an almost exact opposite version of the “Do Not Enter” sign we are all familiar with from all over the world. Read more…
As part of the Post-A-Day Challenge WordPress has their own “Daily Post” Blog to help all of us in the Challenge with ideas for topics when we have nothing else to write about or are having ‘blogging block’. I went through the past few days of posting and saw this question posed “When teleportation is finally possible, where will you beam yourself first?” with the note that “(Yes, you can assume you’d be able to teleport yourself back. It’d be a teleportation app for your phone of course, which you’d keep in your pocket).”
I have never given this very much thought before I saw it posted so I am sort of doing a stream of consciousness post right now just thinking about it and typing wherever occurs to me. My first instinct is to say somewhere tropical and warm as it is currently winter here in Toronto, Canada (although it is relatively warm right now reaching above 0 Celsius – 32 Fahrenheit – today and predicted to do so tomorrow and to even to 11 Celsius on Friday which is in the low 50s in Fahrenheit). However, realistically that would not be the FIRST place I would go…sure I would want to spend time in warm weather whenever I could but why would that be my first trip with this stupendous technology? There will always be time to go somewhere tropical later – after all, this technology is on my phone I can go wherever I want, whenever I want.
But as I sit here writing this I cannot honestly think of anywhere I would like to go that I can’t reach by plane…sure I could say I would love to teleport into a bank vault and get a whole bunch of money but I don’t really because that would be stealing and wrong…maybe if I knew where a criminal had their money stashed I would say there because then I wouldn’t feel so bad about taking it but even then the idea of theft doesn’t really appeal to me when I coupled with the inherent moral and ethical issues. Similarly much as I would like to say it I don’t actually want to beam into the White House or the FBI Headquarters or CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA. because that would just get me very arrested, very quickly. For me, I would much rather be able to teleport to anywhen rather than anywhere. I think it is a much more interesting question to ask what time period I would want to go to first if that became possible rather than the where. But that wasn’t the question so I am going to stick with the question asked.
So where would I go? Well, it very much also depends on how I got this technology. Is it a well established technology that people have been using for a while and I trust it will work properly? Because if not, I am probably scared it won’t work properly and I am going to probably going to be teleporting myself from one part of a field to another part of the field a couple feet away. If this is the first time this technology has every been used by me and I am unsure of its reliability no way am I trying to teleport myself hundreds or thousands of miles away from where I currently am, who knows what’ll happen!
But to keep with the fun of this whole question, I am going to give a more simple answer. My first instinct would be to say to Miami Beach, FL where my 2 nephews and niece live with my brother and my sister-in-law but they are supposed to be coming into town next week anyway. Therefore, I am going to go with wanting to teleport to London, England. One of my best friends who I consider like a brother has been living there for a couple of years now and he is always urging me to come out and visit & party with him in London and I never seem to have the chance to do it. Obviously I’d wait a bit before visiting him because it is 4:45 AM in London right now so it might be disturbing if I suddenly appeared in his apartment.
Where would you go if you suddenly had this amazing technology at your fingertips?
NOTE: To be perfectly honest, as I have always endeavored to be on this blog, I had a post ready in my mind for tonight but then I realized that I shouldn’t bother writing the post because in researching certain aspects of it I came across information that basically would have made me look like a fool who hadn’t bothered doing any research if I had posted about it. The post was going to be about having open WiFi at Social Media Week lecture/panel venues and what I found out was that all during Social Media Week there HAD been free WiFi provided via Skype.