Re: Can I kill a Copy? (long)

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Fri May 05 2000 - 16:19:52 MDT

Michael S. Lorrey writes:

> Not really Gene. Abortion happens before birth. Two live independent

Point being, an embryo is not a person. It is a potential person.

> identical individuals can be best approximated by two infant twins.
> Killing one of them is most definitely not ok by anyone's stretch of the
> imagination, as I've even gotten John to concede that point. Bifurcation
> occurs almost instantly after the point of duplication and separation.
But I thought we were talking about fully synched clones here
(i.e. deterministic systems, with exactly the same input). Everything
after a bifurcation are two individua, their trajectories (probably
exponentially) drifting apart.

> Now, if we are dealing with upload copies, that is something entirely
> different, but only if the copies are not activated, or if the two

You can run n clones, it doesn't matter. Provided, they all start in
the same state, and all get exactly the same input, they'll remain in
perfect sync.

> willingly merge back into one to preserve the memory, the experience of
> each individual. See Charles Sheffield's _Tomorrow and Tomorrow_.

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