When we watch Science Fiction movies and television shows, it seems reasonably certain that eventually, somehow, the idea of teleportation will come up somehow. Obviously Star Trek made it famous, but they certainly weren’t the only ones. Most series have played with the concept at some point.
And, if sci-fi writers are to be believed, there are basically four kinds of people when it comes to their first experience with a teleporter.
There are, of course, the rare enthusiasts, who just think it’s the coolest idea ever, and want to try it. I suspect that in real life those people would likely be in a severe minority, when you consider that we are a society who thinks BuckyBalls are too dangerous.
Then there are the moaners; these people will go through a teleporter if they have to, but they are going to let you know just how unhappy they are about it, and complain loudly the entire time.
Those people are followed by the yellers; the people who out-right refuse to use the machine, either because it’s blaspheming against God or the Great Green Arkleseizure, or because they believe their molecules will be scattered all over the universe. Or because they’ve seen Star Trek, and know that the fail rate for the transporter has to be about 85%.
And finally there are the screamers; these are the people who just lose their goddamned minds and freak right the f*** out, panicking beyond all rationality about the idea of teleporting somewhere.
So, presented with a teleporter, which would you be? An enthusiast, a moaner, a yeller or a screamer?