If teleportation is actually ever invented, it will work this way definitely, because it relies on the phenomenon of quantum teleportation.
So, let's see, if i use the teleporter, i die and an identical copy of me appears on the other end. In essence, i am the only one really affected by it because there's still a "me" in the lives of all the people i know. So in the end it comes down to whether i alone am comfortable with sacrificing my own life so that someone else who'd represent my identity can have a better life (due to the fact they can use the technology of teleportation). I'm pretty sure I'd do it.
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It's kind of the same as euthanasia, in my opinion, anyone should at any point have the right to kill themselves, given they're deemed to be psychologically stable. We could psychologically test people as well in this hypothetical situation (for prolonged periods of time if that helps) and give them a "teleporter pass", if you will.
I could only see myself doing that in extreme circumstances. We already have cars, planes and other safer more reliable means of transportation. But if it came to the point that it was common: maybe. But i wouldn't be the first.
No, because I like being alive.
Dying without logical reasoning doesn't sound favorable.
This really depends on the much larger topic of human consciousness and the soul.
Would the new body have the same "soul" (if you subscribe to such a thing)? Would our consciousness be transferred, or would a whole new consciousness be made? Self-awareness is a tricky thing.
And it was that VERY same cartoon that made me absolutely question the idea of ever using a teleport! :P
Especially the part in the animation where they told him to turn off the one end that destroys the original. Both stepped out and started arguing... then they had to send ONE of them back in to disintegrate themselves.
To me, that was the big part. I only see out of these two eyes... I'm not sure what a soul is, but if a clone came out - I KNOW that the conciousness that looks through my current eyes would not be looking through that clone's of eyes, or thinking his thoughts.
So, my answer is absolutely not. To me - a teleporter like that is a death sentence.
The only... ONLY way I will now use a teleporter is if it actually somehow keeps my body in-tact through the whole process... weither that be via some mini wormhole or other means...
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Food and other materials? Sure! Send those through no problem! Just do NOT send me through it! :P
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This skips over the fact I'd die.
Sure "I" would be alive. For me me, that sounds pretty horrific, being atomized and all.
Though with technology like that, I would volunteer for some sort of host body with my brain uploaded for when I die. Huzzah, immortality!
I wouldn't use it. Our current understanding of science points to "you" dying and the thing coming out of the teleporter is another person with your memories. Think about it. The atoms that make up your body existed before you were alive and will exist well after but you have no memory of them before you were alive. Following that example, if they were to separate you would cease to exist.
Seems like the same question.
The "Think like a dinosaur" short story (it even got made into one of the Outer Limits episodes) is pretty much about this.
Such technology would be most beneficial, especially if you could shut off the feature destroying the original copy "let the organ harvesting begin"
Think for a second that they could clone you perfectly. Now if the clone flies halfway across the world and you stay where you are would you experience what the clone is experiencing? The answer as far as we know would be no which would mean you are 2 different people with 2 separate Consciouses.