Re: cloning protection technology

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Mon Aug 20 2001 - 22:42:07 MDT

Lee Corbin wrote:
> Wei Dai writes

> > I think it's a matter of scale. Having one or two clones of you may not
> > noticeably reduce your market value, but having tens of thousands almost
> > certainly will, since many of them will probably obtain similar skillsets
> > as yours. Granted this is mostly a worry for celebrities, but it affects
> > everyone since it creates a disincentive for people to become highly
> > successful.
> I would gladly earn a third as much if there could be two of me.
> I'd gladly go for a tenth as much, if there could be one hundred
> of me. I like being alive so much, you see, that getting to be
> alive in a hundred places would be worth almost anything (so
> long as the great majority of us were not in unbearable
> discomfort or anything, of course).

This seems to play into the popular mythis about cloning. A
clone of you is NOT another you. It is a separte individual
that happens to have the same genes. A hundred clones would be
a hundred beings with the same genetic structure. But in no way
would you then experience being alive in 100 different bodies.
Is one hundred copies of your exact genetic structure worth
almost anything to you? Why?

- samantha

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