|Posted: 20 November 2006 at 5:03am | IP Logged | 7
"Should something that can be so easily copied and retrieved be treated as having the same intrinsic value as a human being? Should any of the human Avengers, for instance, ever risk their lives on behalf of the Vision? My vote would be no (as some of you have probably already guessed) -- but I would say that even if it were not possible to restore or "save" the Vision in any other way. He is a 'toaster'."
Two related follow up questions to this, JB. In comics (especially superhero comics I guess), it is fully possible for people to download their brain patterns into computers, etc. I think it could be argued fairly well that a version of this is what happened to Reed in the Negative Zone during your run on FF. Similarly, the Vision is or was partly structured on the emotional pattern or whatever of Wonderman, which obvisouly indicate that these traits too can be copied, reproduced and saved. Would you say then that it is the non-organic, non-biological and artificial (as in created/constructed rather than born) nature of characters such as the Vision that is the key component to the "toaster" version of things? Or what? How would you treat a someone like Steel in Doom Patrol if say, his brain was destroyed but his brain patterns and memory downloaded and reinstalled in an artificial or positronic brain? Just curious.
JB also wrote:
"Just as with humans, thought balloons for the Vision merely represent an approximation of what's going on in his brain. A more 'realistic' representation would be unreadable, something like 100011101010001000111001100101111100001001010010010000100100 "
[etc, shortened for brevity]
Maybe that is actually how human thoughts look as well, JB. Do we really know?