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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby Wisdom » Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:25 pm

No - the more popular, crowded summits will become deathtraps as people teleport into/through each other, merge-killing themselves. Mountain teleporting will acquire a dangerous, reckless reputation. Few will risk it.


Ahhh, so it will be like Everest then...
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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby Kiefer » Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:17 am

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Only if I see shamoo on the summit... :lol:
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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby lcarreau » Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:22 am

I would have responded, but "Number One" says I need to do some work out in the yard .... 8)

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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby POLUKO » Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:17 am

Stu Brandel wrote:No - the more popular, crowded summits will become deathtraps as people teleport into/through each other, merge-killing themselves. Mountain teleporting will acquire a dangerous, reckless reputation. Few will risk it.


Creepy thought. There would be a bunch of Kuato people running around like in Total Recall. Maybe the teleP techs. could find a work around for this. Something like air traffic control.

Imagine instead of fly-men, caterpillar-men or praying mantis. I myself would try to merge with one of those gliding squirrels cause they climb like a boss and fly back down. Although,in realty, this exists. His name is Dean Potter.

There have been some funny posts up above. Good stuff!
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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby sealevelmick » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:27 am

this peak is OVER
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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby Hotoven » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:19 pm

I was just talking to a guy at my work, and somehow he got to talking about mountains and how he would like to go to the top of Everest. I said that's a big deal to getting that goal completed. He said, "well, how much are the plane tickets to the top?"

I'm sure there will be no Teleportation to summits, unless its like Mt. Washington where there is a little hotel and restaurant on top.

I could also see one at the bottom of the Grand Canyon...

I read a short story about the invention of teleportation, and how whoever went through the machine, would lose their soul (or spirit, or something) and the company who ran the machine would harvest them to place them in their humanoid clones that eventually would take over. Interesting story.
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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby JHH60 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:03 am

I don't remember whether this has been posted on SP before but at least one person has landed a helicopter on the summit of Everest (apparently touching down on snow for more than two minutes counts, even if you are under power the whole time). So I'm sure it's possible for your office mate to fly up there for the right price, though I'm not sure how easy it would be to get out of the chopper and back in for the obligatory hero shot on the summit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HckQcNNoJc

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/0509/whats_new/helicopter_everest.html
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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby Baarb » Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:22 am

Re. helicopters, you've really got to wonder what climbers on the mountain must have thought of what was going on. Seems to have been in mid-May which seems about the usual time for most ascents.
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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby SeanReedy » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:43 am

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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby SeanReedy » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:57 am

Hotoven wrote:I was just talking to a guy at my work, and somehow he got to talking about mountains and how he would like to go to the top of Everest. I said that's a big deal to getting that goal completed. He said, "well, how much are the plane tickets to the top?" I told him that whoever went on the airplane, would lose their soul (or spirit, or something) and the company who ran the airplane would harvest them to place them in their humanoid clones that eventually would take over.


Would the clones look like this?

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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby mvs » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:07 pm

Stu Brandel wrote:No - the more popular, crowded summits will become deathtraps as people teleport into/through each other, merge-killing themselves. Mountain teleporting will acquire a dangerous, reckless reputation. Few will risk it.


I think a solution to this problem will come early on, from the parade/event industry, which suffered dramatic televised failures early on. For virtually any teleport point (even the riskier "InstaPoint" mechanism, an extreme sport in itself), a "ticket" is issued which reserves the port for a 3 second period for the ticket holder. Port clearance is accomplished automatically with a little slide (fun for the kids, problematic for the aged). The usual problems of scapling, event sabotage via "no show" blocks or junk teleportation from cloaked ports had to be solved, with solutions similar to their 20th century counterparts.

Different open source vendors maintain the ticketing mechanism, and especially in the Alps and places like Mt. Fuji and Mt. Hood, the authorities invested in relatively expensive multi-port facilities...much happier to deal with heavy traffic there at the ungodly 3 am mountain start times than to maintain aging, "biohazard" sanitation and sleeping facilities.

As is often the case, the real problems came later, and from an unexpected source. With complete dominion over any point on the surface of the physical earth, and with acceleration triggered InstaPoint safety gadgets, there was neither risk nor discomfort to be endured in the activity. Then where is the reward? An iron law of human nature had been transgressed, and in time the expensive teleport stations and interpretive trails beneath lovely Mt. Rainier and even the himalayan peaks attained the decay of the structures they supplanted. Except this time, through disuse, rather than overuse. Man began to turn inward, the more hedonistic with chemicals, and thus the generations found both their peace and their nightmares in a new way...
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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby Hotoven » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:18 pm

SeanReedy wrote:
Hotoven wrote:I was just talking to a guy at my work, and somehow he got to talking about mountains and how he would like to go to the top of Everest. I said that's a big deal to getting that goal completed. He said, "well, how much are the plane tickets to the top?" I told him that whoever went on the airplane, would lose their soul (or spirit, or something) and the company who ran the airplane would harvest them to place them in their humanoid clones that eventually would take over.


Would the clones look like this?

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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby JHH60 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:06 pm

SeanReedy wrote:Image


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Re: Will teleportation ruin mountain sports?

Postby obsidian » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:55 pm

...It takes only a moments reflection to realize that:
TELEPORTATION WILL RUIN EVERYTHING !!!
...Unless, of course,...you're an evildoer,...then, it will be the best thing that ever happened,...
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