Some people will be upset with my bringing hard science to a science fiction web comic. But I am.

So recently, I saw a video on the question of whether it was actually possible to clone something or not. This was looking at the quantum state.

There were three different cases being looked at. In each case, the machine that did it was considered a black box, and only basic properties of the state could be used.

Case one was a production machine. If you can understand something well enough to replicate it, then you can make lots of it. Fine. But that requires understanding it well enough. Total information content of a 180 lb animal? (Lots). Trying to use this to make lots of copies of a unique something? Nope.

Case two was teleportation of a quantum state, and case three was cloning the state. And there were a few basic properties.

One was superposition. A quantum state could be considered the sum of a bunch of states.

Then there were other mathematical properties as well.

The point is, trying to clone a state turned out to be saying that A^2 + B^2 = (a + b)^2, or requiring the 2ab term to be 0. This was a hitch that teleportation did not run into.

So, what about those gatekeeper teleport + duplication thingies? Can you, while teleporting something, make two different destinations? I don't know. Could you make 950 million destinations? ... I don't know.

Can you make 950 million destination copies and not destroy the original?

That's cloning.

Basically, the Gav, as shown/introduced, cannot possibly happen without violating quantum mechanics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owPC60Ue0BE