Re: Uploading: End of the mundane

Hal Finney (
Thu, 20 Aug 1998 07:44:10 -0700

Mark,, writes:
> On this subject, I'm toying with a low-budget movie idea about the real
> perils of duplication (i.e. that the copies are exact duplicates of you
> and won't do all those neat things you planned); does anyone know of any
> movies which have handled this properly in the past? That is, where
> the duplicates really are exact duplicates rather than different versions
> of the same person? Everything I can think of seems to have gone the
> 'Jekyll and Hyde' route.

There was a series of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons a few years ago where Calvin creates (imaginary?) duplicates using his cardboard-box duplicator, expecting them to do his chores, homework, etc. He is dismayed to find that they are no more eager to do these things than he is. Then when they misbehave, it's Calvin who gets in trouble. Nobody believes him when he says that it was a duplicate who was bad.