|Tron Unit Wrote:I think you are confusing matter and molecules. The science works in tandem with the laws of physics. Einstein's law says that matter can be converted to energy. The atoms are converted to energy that is suspended in the laser, the atomic "information" is stored into the memory of the computer as a model so that it knows how to reassemble that energy back into physical matter. What is stored in the laser exists as pure energy NOT physical matter because it has been converted at that point into energy by the laser. E=MC2.
I'm not confusing matter and molecules. Molecules are
matter. The 'spectrum' of matter goes (in a very basic sense) from quarks, to hadrons (protons and neutrons), to atoms, to molecules, an so on until you get a person, or a desk, or a glass of water.
I mention molecules as the size a digitized person is broken down to because the writers mention carbon in their explanation. I suppose a person could be broken down to smaller pieces, like their atoms perhaps, but they still have to be broken down into something
If they are converted to 'energy' as you are saying, what kind of energy do you mean? Einstein's equation does mean that matter and energy are two sides of the same coin, but look at how that works out in real life. The closest, most pure, conversion of matter to energy that we can achieve at this point is a nuclear bomb. These are fission devices that basically split atoms, changing them from matter to energy. But the type of energy that results is huge amounts of radiation in the form of kinetic energy (the blast), thermal energy (the heat), and high energy electromagnetic waves (ultraviolet, x-rays, and even gamma-rays).
I'm not sure how one would record all that and be able to get a person out of it again.