... that the basic principle of the design was that a copy of you was actually being created at the other end and not the original you? Think of the Star Trek transporters and McCoy's concerns about them. Think of the basic principle of what they really do... they break down an item into energy, the energy is put it machine form pattern, the pattern is transmitted to a receiving end, and then at the receiving end that pattern is used to "recreate" the item. What got me thinking about this was a movie I caught last night that starts off as a drama and about 2/3rds of the way into the story line it turns into sci-fi. I won't give the name of the movie since if you haven't seen it yet then I don't wont to give away any details but if you're curious click the link for the IMDB listing. So, with the basic premise in mind, would you be willing to walk into a transporter knowing that you will not walk out of the other side but rather a copy of yourself?