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A scientist has developed a method of teleporting people from
one place to another.
However, there are several issues for concern. He doesn't
actually move people as such;
he scans them in and then creates a copy in another location
using a type of 3D printer.
Once the copy has been verified as complete and accurate, he
destroys (i.e. kills) the
original. This will obviously lead to all sorts of objections
and legal wrangling.
You'll also need to invent a way of performing
high-speed full-body atomic/molecular
scanning and 3D printing. And perhaps work out how to stop the
bits that have already
been printed from collapsing in a puddle on the floor while the
rest of the body is still
being printed. Perhaps the atoms could be held in place by a
Assuming the process is eventually approved (or if he just goes
ahead with it anyway) the
process could then be adapted so that certain things are not
copied - such as tumours.
That means he can (in theory) cure any disease simply by teleporting
the person from one
place to another. He might also be able to heal wounds and broken
bones, replace missing
limbs, cure paralysis, and even remove tattoos, just by adding
or removing data in the
computer file as it is transferred. It's all very laudable
and Nobel Prize-worthy.
Except that the original body has to die. And that's the
big crunch; the thing that
people can’t accept.
But if the original body isn't destroyed
created a clone - and that might be just
as good. Or perhaps even better.
[ALTERNATIVE 1] The experiment has worked
successfully for the first time,
and the scientist decides not to destroy the original for
24 hours while he carries
out some additional verification. (Or perhaps while he gets
drunk in celebration.
Or while he drinks enough to find the courage to destroy
the original.) What will
the original person do during those 24 hours? Perhaps, now
that he’s had time to
think about it, he’s realised he doesn’t want to
be destroyed. Did he know he’d be
destroyed when he agreed to take part in the experiment?
The original and the copy have now become two separate individuals.
original person tries to contact the copy, either through conventional
through telepathy. Can he track down the copy and persuade
him to be destroyed
instead? Or perhaps he'll make the most of being in two
places at once for the
next 24 hours.
He could deliberately try to get the copy into trouble, perhaps
causing someone to
kill him. Or maybe he could go on the run. Let's choose
the latter option. What if
one of them is arrested some time in the future? How can the
police tell whether
they've caught the original or the clone? Are there any
Has a death warrant been issued on the original person? Will
the scientist let him
live? Will he agree to destroy the clone? And if he agrees,
will he actually go
through with it? Or will he destroy the original anyway, as
planned all along?
[ALTERNATIVE 2] The teleportation has taken
place successfully and the
original person has been destroyed - except that he hasn't.
mechanism failed, but no one realised it. The original person
is still alive, though
unconscious. Later he wakes up and is able to walk free when
the lab staff leave
for the night. But his identity has been transferred to the
copy, so officially he
doesn't exist. Perhaps he and the copy could share a
single identity - maybe
without the copy realising it. Identity theft happens in the
real world, so it could
be just like that. But the person he's stealing the identity
from is basically himself.
So who would ever know? Well, the copy might, when he discovers
records and personal details are not as they should be.
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