Originally Posted by Nightbird
There is a difference between scanning a subject, saving the information, and rebuilding a copy from scratch somewhere else while destroying the original, versus transforming the subject from matter into another state of energy (of which matter is one) to send to another location, and then transforming that energy back into matter. The first is perfect duplication plus unnecessary destruction, the second is more like a wormhole.
Instead of normal matter travelling from one point to another through special space (wormholes that is), why not just make the matter "special" by changing it into an easier to move state and then back again after the journey is complete?
Information is information. Transporting an object or transporting the data about the object. The teleportation of the information is the hard part. Reconstruction would be trivial at that point.
Teleporation is always
the transfer of information.
The speed of light actually limits how fast information can travel.
Originally Posted by kaxel
It seems clear to me that whether or not they difference can be proved, it is a different person. By stating that the original is destroyed, and the new one is a clone you are stating that they are different. It doesn't matter if a difference can be detected.
That is logically false. If A=B, then how can A != B?
If a person walks into a machine and two walk out, which is the clone?
Everything is just information. If the information is identical, then they are identical.Edited by DuckieHo - 4/17/11 at 5:32pm