After the disappearance of Dr. Baudolino, his notes and apparatus were inherited by his nephew, Sherwin Mulholland. Baudolino had always relished his nephew's interest in his research. What he failed to capture, however, was that Mulholland's interest was primarily of business nature.
Mulholland hired a team of scientists (their names are unrecorded) to convert Baudolino's process into a commercially viable application. Early tests met with mixed success. The more precise the targeting, the greater diminished was the quality of the result. As an effect of this, matterportation acquired something of negative reputation publicly. The legacy of this is still significant resistance to widespread adoption of the technique.
Due to risky nature of this matterportation process (see Risks below), it is most frequently used for commercial and industrial purpose. Because the process holds minimal regard for the organization of the reconstituted matter, it is best employed on inert objects such as minerals, elemental matter, or gelatin desserts.
In certain circumstances, it can be used for organic matter, up to and including persons. However, the urgency must surpass the risk of total loss (or worse).
- Disappearance – A percentage of all matterportated objects simply fail to materialize.
- Failed reconstitution – Objects that rematerialize do not always manage to cohere.
- Molecular destabilization – Of those objects that successfully rematerialize, there may be some flaws at the molecular level. This can result in anything from the emission of free radicals to a complete reversal of earlier successful reconstitution.
- Psychosis – CPUs, brains, and other processors are necessarily intricate and as a result, fragile. Successful reconstitution may still result in the rearrangement of neural networks and pathways, resulting in mental dysfunction and destabilization.
- Chiral reversal – Even when molecules are correctly reorganized at the matterportation endpoint, there is a chance that a given molecule will have been transposed in a higher dimension. In certain instances, this can cause an undesired chemical reaction. The proteins that compose organics are especially vulnerable to this, and a misreplicated chemoreceptor can result in biological defects, or a prolonged and terminal systematic shutdown.
- Damage to spacetime continuum – This is widely disputed, and there is a lack of decisive or conclusive empirical evidence confirming or disconfirming this effect. Although Dr. Baudolino maintained for the entirety of his lifespan that his process was not among the causes of the Excessions, there is some evidence that the widespread usage of matterporting has an aggravating effect on Excession activity and related instability.
- Baudolino Process
- Dr. Jurgen Baudolino
- Sherwin Mulholland
- Free radicals
- Transporter Psychosis
- Causality reversal
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