So I was wondering if the transporter, that is widely used in Star trek universe, is actually killing people?
It works like this: a person being transported is broken down on molecular level and transformed into digital information. This information is then sent to a desired location where the transported person is "assembled" from that information. In my opinion, that is not *the same* person as the one that stepped on transporter pad but merely a (perfect) copy. It's like scanning a document in Sydney, sending it via email to an office in London and then printing it there. But when doing it with living beings it also means that the orginal dies. His consciousness is gone, replaced by a copy, that thinks (and feels) he is the original. But in fact it's not.
It even happened once in Star Trek when Riker was copied due to a transporter failure and his duplicate thought he was the original. However, I think *both* of them were duplicates.
So if we go further with this thought we can end up with terrifying truth: every Starfleet officer is actually a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy...
- I never thought of it like that but I guess you're right...Vote A
- No, you're wrong and you don't get it. (explain why)Vote B
- I was thinking about it before and came to same conclusion.Vote C
- No way. Star Trek is awesome and everything there is perfect so no need to think about it.Vote D
- What is Star Trek? Transporter? What are you people talking about?Vote E
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your analogy with the printer isn't quite correct. its not scanning emailing and printing elsewhere, its scanning emailing and reconstructing the exact piece of paper elsewhere
but you're right0