I am referring to the Outer Limits episode based on the story originally written by James Patrick Kelly called "think like a dinosaur.
I had seen this a few times before, but it was recently on “SyFy” (hate that name) and while I did not rewatch the whole episode, it made me think about this story’s issue and similar star trek tech
It was a morality tail with dinosaur looking aliens that provide us a sort of transporter technology to visit other worlds and the earth has become somewhat wasted. A key point of the episode is that the transporter tech is really more like a duplication technology so the original must be destroyed once they have arrived at their destination. Now there is more to the story about a particular incident, but that is not the focus of my post.
What I want to know is thoughts on if people would really essentially agree to routinely kill people that had duplicates “beamed/reformed” on other planets. It is referred to as balancing the equation in the story, but I really don’t see how people would fall for this. Would people kill the original when a duplicate was created at the destination? Also who would be stupid enough to really want to use this technology?
In the story while the aliens manage the technology, they require humans to be the ones to press a button that “balances the equation.” This is because they want humans to essentially prove they are “smart/advanced” enough to be provided advanced technology from these aliens.