Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Peter Gersten just emailed me a link to Staying Alive: The Personal Identity Game. Drop what you're doing and give it a shot. (I opted to have my body scanned and travel to Mars as a molecular doppelganger.)

Although the game (or mind-fuck, depending on your perspective) uses Mars exploration as a vehicle for its philosophical concerns, I found its reliance on fabricator-like technology plausible; while the first astronauts on Mars will probably be originals and not faxes, interplanetary tourists of the next century may prefer scanning/reconstitution to the inconvenience of "old-school" rocket travel.

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