RE: mental and not physical modifications may create the most "alien" people...

From: Sasha Chislenko (
Date: Thu Feb 10 2000 - 18:31:37 MST

>Of course the real problem here is juridical: is
>he guilty of his crimes, or a victim of mental insanity? Is it a crime
>to do this kind of restructuring? Should Mr. Hyde be punished but not
>Dr. Jekyll?

All punishments depend on personality persistence.

If entities are created/modified/equipped (by talents, ethical fixes,
downloaded knowledge, adjusted mental patterns) specifically fo each task,
and then reconfigured for the next one, the punishment is no longer
revenge (the criminal entity has transformed) nor deterrent...

There can be some other mechanisms, such as requirement that all
compiled entities should be insured by their owners/guardians...

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