Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technical officer, announced on Tuesday that Facebook wants to create a fully functioning teleporter by the year 2025.
Schroepfer told an audience during a press conference at the Dublin Web Summit that Facebook plans on “effectively building a teleporter,” but, perhaps, not in the way most might think.
Teleportation is the transfer of matter or energy from one point to another without having to actually travel physically between the two regions.
Schroepfer and Facebook, however, plan on advancing their virtual reality technology to the point where teleportation is simulated realistically to the senses — that includes adding physical feedback and real-time world reconstruction.
Facebook acquired Oculus VR last year, and in May Oculus teamed up with a 3D-scene reconstruction company called Surreal Vision. Together the two companies intend on creating a technology that streams a live environment into virtual reality.
Although VR is currently nothing more than a theoretical fascination for the average person, Facebook, Oculus and Surreal Vision are working hard to make teleportation a reality. Schroepfer said:
“Facebook wants to build a device that allows you to be anywhere you want, with anyone, regardless of geographic boundaries.”