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Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

EDIT: that was weird...


Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

OK, say you're in a room with this copy of you, its a perfect copy of you.

Heh, reminds me of this: http://www.cracked.com/blog/human-clones-do-you-fk-or-fight/
(NSFW, and probably not safe for the easily offended)

On-topic: The real danger of such a technology is the potential abuses it could lead to. If copies were cheap to create and maintain, I could see it devaluing human life with all the associated problems that brings.

It would also probably force us to modify our view of free will, conciousness, human rights, etc. How would we reconcile, for example, the following questions:

If a computer simulation contains digital minds, what responsibilities does the owner of that digital space have to keep it up and running? Is turning off said simulation equivalent to mass murder? What if instead of turning it off, it was just re-booted to reset everyone back to an earlier state - would that be a form of murder? Would you have any moral or legal ownership or rights over your own copies? Does the government have a right to torture/interrogate a criminal's copy in lieu of doing so to the original? If a copy of a person commits murder or other serious crime, should the original person be suspected of having the same criminal tendancies?