Plinky.com asked me where I would beam myself first, when teleportation becomes possible.
That's an interesting question and I don't know that I've got a simple answer.
Only a century ago, the majority of people still got where they needed to go under their own propulsion (walking, cycling) or that of other animals (horses, cows, gerbils) – as technology and industrialized manufacturing advanced so rapidly, that quickly changed with the dual advent of the motor car and airplane.
That this ability to cover long distances occurred alongside the decline of the British Empire is no surprise – suddenly, local wasn't so… well, local any more, so the colonization of single localities suddenly had connections beyond geographic boundaries and power could not be maintained.
Now, we take cars and planes (and soon, space travel) for granted. The US business world is built upon the premise that workers and consultants will commute via airplane
[which still shocks me]
And we can all see where globality is changing the nature of economics and the purported decline of the US Empire.
So, to teleportation. Given I can get most places on Earth, then teleportation would really just be a speed/ease thing rather than taking me somewhere I can't get. So, I'd likely teleport to Australia, just to avoid the long-haul flight(s) – but I don't know that would be a function of teleportation being available.
There are some inaccessible places that I may try, but presuming they'd need a base station to teleport into, well they'd remain inaccessible, wouldn't they?
[I'm thinking of some of the cave systems, or deep ocean]
Like all new forms of transport, teleportation would really come into its own when connected to boundaries/frontiers we've yet to cross. So, it really does look like somewhere in space would be the appropriate destination
[provided of course, that there's a receiving base station]
and specifically where would be a question of range. As the question is where would you beam yourself first, I guess I'd choose the moon – if only to see whether the conspiracy theorists got it right or not.
Of course, if the logic of transport systems and empires holds, then teleportation may be the first sign of the decline of the human race, couldn't it?
I wonder also how long it would take for teleportation to lose its novelty. We take planes, trains and automobiles for granted now… so how long until we're complaining about the security lines for the teleportation unit and wondering what Upper-Class, platinum-card teleportation is like?