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Old 04-13-2016, 10:57 PM
joema joema is offline
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Originally Posted by Czarcasm View Post
...Does the original lose all human rights if it is to be killed once the copy is made?...Every time this transporter question comes up in a thread I try to pose this question or a variation of it: If you claim that the transporter-created copy is, to all intents and purposes, you once it arrives at the intended destination, if there were a slight glitch and the original you weren't instantly dissipated during the original action would you be willing to to be taken off to a small room and be killed? No one who has claimed that the copy is just the same as the original has ever replied back.
This dilemma has nothing whatsoever to do with whether transportation might be technically feasible in the far future. That is the thread title: Are we any closer? Might it be possible at some future time?

Possible sociological and ethical complications have nothing -- zero -- to do with whether it might be technically achievable.

Also, these issues have also already been covered in the Star Trek universe. In 1970 the first Star Trek Novel for adults, "Spock Must Die!", discussed in considerable detail the same ethical and philosphical issues you raised:!