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Would You Rather… Millions vs. Teleporting

by J. Money on Friday, February 4, 2011

Would you rather...Hahaha… oh man, it’s been WAY too long since our last Would You Rather… remember the “1 year of your life vs. $100,000” one?  I miss these crazy things :)  And also, I’m way too tired to write an actual post today, haha…my brain is so fried right now. In fact, I had to use Google to help me come up with a good one!

And let me tell you, there are some really *shady* ones out there, wow.  I guess it’s true that anything can relate to porn.  But since we’re a family-friendly website here, we’ll stick to good ol’ fashion money talk. I think you travelers will like this one:

“Would you rather… have $5 MILLION dollars -OR- the ability to teleport?”

Ooooooh hard one, right? The Attractive Traveler conjured this one up early last year only she had “unlimited” money there – probably because her reader base is mostly adventurers.  I’m pretty sure if I said you’d get unlimited money 3/4 of you would take it without a question ;)  You wouldn’t be able to teleport, but you can get pretty damn close when you’re rich, bitch!

With *only* $5 Million dollars though, I have to think that the teleporting is looking awfully exciting. Imagine being able to snap your fingers and be ANYWHERE at ANYTIME?  You can literally go across the world in a day if you’d like.  Or just chill on the beach one day when the 2 feet of snow back home is pissing you off.  Or $hit, you can just head to France one night when you’re aching for some french cuisine!  (or wine! or both!). Endless opportunities…

Of course, $5 Mil can def. set you up for life if you choose.  You won’t be able to switch across the lane as fast before you get hit by a car (BAM!  Didn’t see that perk coming, did you?), but if you’re cautious enough you’d have plenty of dough to enjoy the “good life” ;)  Pros and cons, baby, pros and cons! And guess what? You have to choose one.

Yup, if you don’t leave your answer in the comments below you’ll never get a chance for them to come true. The magical genie only pays attention to the good boys and girls.  So what’ll it be? Lots of mulah or lots of WOW? I choose teleporting.  If only to never sit in rush hour again.

PS: Here’s the list of all previous Would You Rathers…


{ 68 comments… read them below or add one }

1 tom February 4, 2011 at 7:59 am

Can you take someone with you when you teleport? Then 100% teleport! If not, then 100% teleport!

The money you will save on travel and the time you will gain with family, friends, sleeping-in is all priceless!

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2 tom February 4, 2011 at 8:04 am

I’m still going!

Think about it. Teleporting would allow you to live anywhere in the world and still have no commute to work.

Heck, if you could teleport, you could run the fastest courier service in the world and charge 1000x the price of UPS overnight (as long as you can carry things with you). If you could teleport with other people. You could work with Special Ops, teleport the President himself, CEOs would pay hundreds of thousands to have you bring them places in an instant.

The earning potential for teleporting goes well beyond $5M, $10M or even $100M. If you were to put a price on teleporting, it would be in the billions.

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3 Money Beagle February 4, 2011 at 8:07 am

Oh, I would take the $5,000,000 in a heartbeat. Because if I had that, I wouldn’t be sitting in rush hour anymore either, I’d be home or traveling enjoying my five million!

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4 John E Stone IV February 4, 2011 at 8:09 am

I would have to take teleporting. I’m sure I could find a way to make $5 million even faster if I used the teleporting to my money making advantage.

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5 Jerry February 4, 2011 at 8:38 am

I’m thinking teleporting, too. Since we know money is not insurance for happiness, I think experiencing things leads to the most personal satisfaction. If you could go to places and times that you’ve only read about, how amazing would that be??

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6 One Frugal Girl February 4, 2011 at 9:15 am

Teleport please! Think of the time you’d save in your everyday travels. It would save me two hours just on my commute! If I could get Patrick Stewart to come along on my rides that would be even better. I know he’s old and bald, but come on that voice is killer :-)

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7 sarah February 4, 2011 at 9:22 am

I would have to go with teleport. There are always ways to make money, but the ability to teleport is priceless.

I would like to know more about the logistics though? Can you bring people, objects, with you?

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8 Jason@LiveRealNow February 4, 2011 at 9:23 am

Teleport. I could lift the $5mil from a dozen banks if I could teleport.

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9 Brandi February 4, 2011 at 9:24 am

Dude, teleporting would save sooooooo much money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No gas expenses. No traveling expenses. Who needs a hotel when you can teleport yourself home each night to your own bed? And then back to the bahamas and the beach in the morning???

No waiting for cars to warm up. No blizzard issues. (yes…I’m in Kansas right now). No being late for work because of traffic. No wasted lunch break time traveling back and forth.

All in all..teleporting is kick A$$

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10 Steve February 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

Teleport. The ability to go ANYWHERE in the world at any time is too much to pass up, and like Tom said, I could set up a KICKASS courier service and make major bank.

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11 Jeannine February 4, 2011 at 10:19 am

TELEPORTING…..Can make money, can never make myself have abilities. Try not to ask from others what I can do for myself…waste of resources.

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12 slug February 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

Teleport, of course. Super powers almost always outweigh a one-time windfall because they can be monetized.

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13 Investing Newbie February 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

I was originally going to go with Millions since there is really no where I need to be that bad, but the idea of using teleporting to make more than 5M is actually pretty intriguing. But then I remembered the movie Jumper and honestly, I don’t want to lead that type of life. Furthermore, you’re gonna end up as someone’s/the government’s science experiment before you can get your business off the ground.

So I’ll take the 5M. Check or cash.

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14 Dani @ OKDani.com February 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

Welll….if teleporting came with additional passenger priviledges then I’d choose teleporting. But if it would be just me by my lonesome? No gracias, gimme da loot!

Fun question!

xo,
Dani
http://www.okdani.com

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15 Maggie February 4, 2011 at 11:32 am

After everyone’s comments and ideas regarding teleporting, I was tempted, but will stick with my original choice: take the money.

Teleporting by myself doesn’t sound all that fun (unless I went to visit family or friends who don’t live nearby), and I think a teleporter would be viewed as somewhat of a freak. No thanks.

I’ll take the money and invest in my family!

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16 finco86 February 4, 2011 at 11:40 am

Would it be just me that can teleport? If we all were touching, would they teleport too? Would any object teleport with me? If the whole family could do it, then that would be my choice. If just me, then I would take the money. Yes, I could beat the rush hour and get back and forth very easily, but it would be just me. The wife would have to navigate the old fashion way. Too many questions.

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17 Grace February 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

I think I’d choose teleporting over any sum of money. I’d never miss anybody again. I could visit all the time!

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18 LB February 4, 2011 at 11:49 am

Money.

If teleporting became a reality there would still be forms to fill out for Visas and taxes to go along with it. It wouldn’t be free.

Jeez I am a huge downer lately. OK, taking away current life issues, I would have to say teleporting, because it just sounds kick-ass.

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19 Jennifer Lissette February 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I’d pick the $5 mil. Cause let’s face it, if you’re able to teleport, the government is totally going to want to do experiments on you.

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20 Nicky T. February 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

M-O-N-E-Y. I’ll just fly first class to France/Bahamas and stay there.

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21 Yana February 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I’ll have to think about this more, but teleporting gets rid of the need for a passport! Haha. I also don’t like the either/or of it. If I take the $5M, will I lose my current or potential ability to teleport? If I take teleporting ability, am I prevented from acquiring as many bucks as I desire? As others have asked, I need more details on that ability such as what or whom I can take to or from destinations. Like if I teleport myself to a place with a big pile of cash, can I bring it back? ;)

Right now, I’m on the side of the $5M…

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22 Burnette February 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Teleport all the way! Totally will balance out the $5 mil. Like Tom mentioned above, can we teleport other people? I would totally be travelling to some exotic place every weekend, knowing that I can come back home in a flash if I don’t like it and be able to sleep in my warm bed at nite.

However, if you’re a real genie, there’s no weird limitation or exclusion, is there? LOL!

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23 Nunzio Bruno February 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Skirting the morality lines and without breaking any laws I think – think of all the arbitrage you could pull off in financial markets from being able to be in any market at any time :) I mean you would save on a ton of costs as well with the transportation etc but if I’m not taking the 5 million I need to make up for that right and as legally as possible. I mean I have high hopes for http://www.financiallydigital.com but I mean come-on, I can now teleport :)

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24 JBird_1205 February 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I’ll take the money all day, everyday.

Teleportation sounds cool until you get to where you’re going and you have no money. Besides, with the right investments, Five Mil can turn into Fifty before you know it!

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25 Erin February 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Teleporting. Time is $$.

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26 WR February 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I think before I read ‘Timeline’ by Michael Crichton I would have jumped on the teleport bandwagon.

Now after realizing that a persons soul does not make it through the warp tunnel I have decided that I would rather have the 5 mil and my everlasting soul. (I have a feeling I might need it later on)

-WR

note: I am referring to the novel and not the movie (The movie was awful)
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/timeline/

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27 Jason@LiveRealNow February 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I’m kind of hoping that you can’t bring anything with you when you teleport. It’d be fun to leap around the world naked. Think of all of the diplomatic summits you could disrupt.

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28 Kelsey February 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I will choose the money. Because if you can only teleport alone, that means you are alone all the time….that would be fun sometimes but other times I would want to go somewhere like Australia and my husband or friends couldn’t be with me! That would kind of suck. Plus, with $5m I could travel to all the places I wanted, plus have money for retirement, kids’ college savings, new car/house/etc. That would keep me satisfied and happy. :)

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29 JennyDee February 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Is it really bad that I’d pick teleporting, because even if you run out of money, you can teleport into a bank vault, take some, and hit the high road? (I’d NEVER DO THAT, I’m just sayin’). I’ve often wished for transporters (Star Trek FTW), so I wouldn’t have a 30 mile roundtrip commute. And it wouldn’t take me 16 hours to fly to Australia or China. Yeah, teleportation FTW!

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30 judyyy February 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I will take the money.

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31 HP @ Work At Home Market February 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Money. Set my finances up for the future, and sit back to relax a bit more. Teleporting would probably get old after a while…ha! Interesting question, wonder what my spouse would answer with…

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32 J. Money February 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm

*UPDATED RULES*

1) You cannot do anything illegal while teleporting, or you lose your superpower ;)
2) You teleport by yourself, you can’t bring others.
3) Yes, you can make as much money as you want by teleporting, so long as it’s legit.

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33 Jason@LiveRealNow February 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Lame. :)

1. This just slows down the fortune. Not a big deal.
2. No problem. Wife and kids in the tropics, I work wherever there’s money to be made.
3. Yay!

Still teleporting. I’ll put fedex out of business.

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34 Sassy February 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I’ll take the 5 million! I’ll happily pay for my flights or car drives to go places. hahaha :)

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35 WR February 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

ignoring the aforementioned ‘soul’ issue I brought in comment 25, If I chose to teleport I would do the following:

1. Teleport to New Zealand for the first few days
2. Follow the sun on the equator. I would teleport every few hours to an island/land.

After all of the initial fun was worn off I would:

1. Teleport to a bunch of Costco stores and survive off of the free samples.
2. Teleport from the bedroom to the kitchen, make coffee, teleport back into bed.
3. Practice throwing a football to myself, teleportation style!

-WR

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36 Yana February 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm

It’s a good thing I don’t really have the choice ;) Money isn’t real; abilities are. Especially now, abilities are more important than money and are becoming more so. I wouldn’t like the limitation of being unable to take people with me, but it would be a great skill to have. To really think this through and decide it makes the amount of money irrelevant. One of these things is more valuable. $5 million is not all that much, but from what we are all used to and the fact that we deal with money every day and give our souls for it, I think we tend to overestimate its value over what we do not have. Money isn’t love. Money isn’t power; it is a power substitute. Money sure isn’t health or ability. Good thought-provoking question!

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37 krantcents February 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I’ll take the $5mm. Unless you are giving away the secrets of teleporting I take the cash make it grow and live the good life.

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38 Sense February 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

teleport. no contest. i have enough money to make me happy already, i’d love to have more time and the ability to see my family/friends whenever i want. even if i had $5M i’d keep my job and live in NZ…the only thing wrong with NZ is that it takes so long to get home.

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39 Donny Gamble February 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I would want to have the ability to teleport because i will end up making more than 5 million dollars

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40 The Money Watch February 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Show me the money!

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41 eemusings February 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Depends. If I can take stuff with me when I teleport – eg, a suitcase, and BF – I’d go with that. Screw rush hour, you’d never need to fly or drive to a holiday destination again! There goes half of your travel costs, not to mention the time.

Otherwise, I’ll take the moola.

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42 Candice February 4, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Give me the $5,000,000!

Teleporting would rock, but my logic says that I’d probably be turned into a science experiment if the word ever got out (and it most likely would, because I’d totally not be able to hide it) and then there goes my life.

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43 Erica February 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I would take the money.
Being able to teleport alone is no fun at all and someone will catch on to what I’m doing and then tell the government and well there goes my fun.

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44 Drew February 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Teleportation, definitely! For me, I really only want the $$ to travel, but if I could teleport, I could be there instantly, and not have to spend the money!

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45 LaTisha February 5, 2011 at 8:33 am

I’de take the 5 milly and buy a jet. Can you buy a jet with 5 mil? lol

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46 fisherman23 February 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

I am taking the money this time.

This would allow me to retire and travel this great country in a very nice RV. I know it would be easy with teleporting but I love driving and at the end of the day, you still need somewhere to sleep.

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47 retirebyforty February 5, 2011 at 10:29 am

Can I take someone with me when I teleport? That’s the key.
If I can, then I take teleport. If not, I’ll take 5M. It’s no fun teleporting around by yourself.

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48 Ken February 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm

At first, my whole family (4 of us) said we would take the teleporting. But, with the new rules only my daughter would still keep the teleporting. I wouldn’t want to be able to teleport if I couldn’t take my wife. I would just take the cash and we would bother retire somewhere warm.

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49 Cassy February 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I’m surprised that so many people chose teleportation over the money! I would definitely choose the money! With good investments, you would never have to worry about anything ever again! Teleporting would be fun, but it still can’t buy you a house unless you use your ability to rob and steal! Money, money, money please!

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50 Dana February 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I’d take the money, I could make life so comfy, why would I need to teleport???

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51 Catherine February 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

i’d rather have millions… teleporting would only save money on transport costs ha

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52 LeeAnn February 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

teleport for sure – as long as there aren’t any limits like “have to have been there before” or “can only go there once” or “can only teleport once a year”.

especially if you can bring someone or something with you – I could *earn* the $5 million :D

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53 J. Money February 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

Haha, yes – you can go anywhere at anytime you wish! But sorry, only YOU. wha wha

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54 mbhunter February 7, 2011 at 3:24 am

$5 million, no question. There’s no place I’d rather be than with my family.

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55 Onij March 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

Teleporting in a heartbeat!

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56 J. Money March 24, 2011 at 11:55 am

maybe one day we’ll have the option of taking $1million AND 1 credit toward teleporting every week ;)

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57 ichiko July 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm

TELEPORT….. ill teleport in and out the banks vaults to anytime i want and get any amount i want LOL

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58 J. Money July 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm

yes but your after-life would be pretty bad downstairs w/ the devil ;)

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59 rusemasque April 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Seriously??? How can people even consider choosing money over this? No one, EVER, has gotten this gift. You would be the very first human being in the history of humanity to have this gift. Just by fame, alone, if you so wished, you would make TONS of money. If you go the military route, you can be the absolute ultimate spy. Nothing escapes you. If you get caught, you port out. In sports, you are the ultimate player. You can go to the Moon. To Mars. You can fly by repeatedly teleporting in the sky. You don’t need a job anymore. Your entire way and philosophy on life changes. Hungry? Hunting becomes a joke. You can save countless lives if you decide to go the philanthropic route. There are tons of examples that makes this the ultimate gift you can ever hope for, and I’m not even going into the “immoral” route. Also, clearly the conditions are biased. Would the 5 million $ be used for good or evil? It’s all pretty relative, to be honest. Is it bad to teleport and steal from a criminal?

For 1 billion dollars, I would still choose teleporting. It doesn’t prevent you from doing whatever you are doing today, but it only allows you to become the single most interesting human in the history of our kind, and accomplish things you never dreamed of before. Society as you know it today loses its meaning to you.

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60 J. Money April 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

I like it!! Very well put, my friend. You could do TONS of awesomeness w/ teleporting. Only part I see which could backfire is if all this teleporting does something to your body over time. Like gives you cancer/etc. Since you’d be the first person doing it, no one would know the answer… If that was a possibility, would you still take it? ;) Get all the fame, money, etc, but have the chance of dying faster cuz of it all? Tricky one!

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61 Zleet March 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm

If you could teleport others and large items like the movie jumper then i’d choose teleporting.

You could approach a benefactor like a tech billionaire and help teleport people and equipment up to the moon. Mining the lunar surface with you porting containers to earth could net you billions, thats not even counting space exploration from the moons lower gravity and what you could make moving equipment and supplies.

Even if you didnt want to risk that could take goods from a to z avoiding customs and taxes.

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62 J. Money March 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Haha… you’ve been really thinking about this over there, eh? :)

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63 Zleet March 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Teleportation probably has the most value of all the standard super powers.

You wouldnt even really need a house as you could set up camp somewhere hot with a tent and not have to worry about clean water as you can get anything you like in seconds.

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64 J. Money March 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

That is true… but I feel like it could get lonely/mess with your head after a while. Always going back and forth and no longer having any reality, ya know? I still wouldn’t turn it down though – it would be amazing to try!

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65 Zleet March 7, 2013 at 6:03 am

Better question would be $50 million or teleportation.

Would still take the power as long as it was Jumper rules. You can take a person, you can teleport where you have been or can see (or have seen) and you can move very large things as long as they are moving themselves (truck, bus). Also the fact you seem to pass through a tear in space rather than be destroyed and recreated is a bonus.

The only way to make serious money without turning to crime would be to join up with a billionaire futurist who didn’t get where they are by screwing over everyone else, so probably one of the Google founders. Even if all they did was run tests on you to try to recreate the power it would be lucrative. I’d still worry about the golden goose scenario where they think dissecting my brain would be worthwhile but at least you would know you can escape easily.

I think about this way to much. :D

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66 J. Money March 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Hahahaha…. yes, you do :) But at least it’s fun stuff you’re thinking about! If you ever figure out a way to make it happen, please let me know… but I won’t be your guinea pig ;)

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67 Zleet March 8, 2013 at 5:46 am

Maybe not teleportation but there is some fun stuff coming out in the next few years.

Fusion could be viable within a decade meaning cheap clean near unlimited power, 3D printers, 3D bio printers for food and organ replacement, gene therapies curing disease, nano technologies, self driving cars and big leaps in computing. All of this is either in prototype stage now or is being worked on.

So give it a few decades and you’ll have an immortal android body but still no teleportation.

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68 J. Money March 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

Nice! Baby steps I suppose.

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