The Trouble With Star Trek Transporters
We all wanted to teleport ourselves to locations when we first saw the transporter in Star Trek. But did you know that you die every time you use the transporter. This hilarious but informative video by YouTube Channel CGPGrey explain the problems of teleportation.
The question isn’t really one of science but one of philosophy, do you’ll know the Classical Ship of Theseus Theory? The ship of Theseus is a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object which has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object.
Within the span of seven years, every cell of your body will die and be replaced—you literally are not the same person you once were. If this is the case, where lies our identity and psyche? Should we be held accountable for the actions of another body, or another mind? These questions, and many more, are contemplated in The Outer Limits of Reason (The MIT Press, 2013).
Even if we’re not physically the same down to our cells, do we still remain technically the same person. If you think hard about it, you can come with many conclusions plus there’s even the case of technology advancement.
What do you’ll think? Now that you know the possibilities would you’ll use the Transporter?