That sounds like a good episode. What was the name?There was an The Outer Limits episode that dealt with this issue.
There was a guy who ran a transporting facility on the moon that transported people to an alien planet far away. During the transporting process the person being transported would enter the machine and be scanned, then the scan of them was transmitted to the receiving end, and a copy of them was recronstructed. After confirmation that the transmission was received the original was destroyed.
During the episode he didn't receive confirmation that the telepoter transmission was received so he aborted the destruction sequence and spent the next few days visiting with the woman that was teleporting. Then he recieved word that her transmission was indeed received so he had to kill her to "balance the equation".
I don't think most people understand that if they were to be teleported in the way described in most scifi, they would actually be stepping on the teleportation pad to their deaths. They aren't the actual person that is reconstructed at the other end, its only a copy of them.
The episode was called "Think Like a Dinosaur", Season 7 Episode 8. The aliens that helped build the teleporter looked like velociraptors. They teleporter teleported the people from earth to their planet and back for like tourism and archaeology. There were two operators at the teleporting facility, one human and one of the dinosaur looking aliens, and the aliens were very strict about "balancing the equation" and eliminating the original person, and the episode dealt mainly with the dinosaur trying to convince the human that it was the right thing to do.That sounds like a good episode. What was the name?
The only problem with that is when your clone decides that they have as much of a right to live as you do and decide to turn the tables by using you for harvesting.Very interesting question. I don't think I would use it though, as I am not a big fan of clones unless I'm using them to farm organs...
Don't be so quick to blithely opt for that 'new and improved' copy, guys. I have spent my career radically altering personalities 'for the better' at the brain chemistry level, and I can tell you that--quite regardless of how significantly their lives are improved--these people are ALL very aware that they have permanently lost something of themselves...and they almost invariably mourn its passing.