Scientists have successfully transported a quantum bit for 60 miles over fibre cable, shattering the previous record.
The technology involves the teleportation of photons instead of matter, thus making it theoretically possible to transfer data at speeds faster than light.
Because the data is teleported in a photonic state, the process - in theory - eliminates the possibility of a third party being able to access the data en route. "This is clearly a long way from a true communication medium, but it gets us closer to the possibility of quantum encryption. You'd never have to worry about your communications being intercepted with quantum encryption, because its very existence is obscured by quantum states," according to a report in ExtremeTech.com.
"Maybe one day, we'll be able to move more than photon states, but there's still more work to be done before you'll get to beam yourself up."