I'm new to this so I haven't read about all your people's different theories.  I've read quite a bit on transhumanist stuff, Aubrey DeGrey, Freeman Dyson, ...  it seems people are trying anything they can imagine, and expanding into what they can't imagine, to look for immortality.  Now if continuous consciousness is not necessarily required for immortality, then why are you waiting around for copying?  Won't cloning come far sooner?  What is it about copying that is better than cloning.  If you, or one of your copies, went on a hyperwarp trip to a far away galaxy, saw one of your copies, or one of your copies of a copy of a copy, a million years from now on some strange planet, there's a good chance you probably wouldn't like him/her and he/she wouldn't like you.  Their behavior would be strange and probably disgusting.  So what's the big deal?  What's the difference between copying and having any intelligent life exist a million years from now in the universe?  Why not just have children, and pour our lives into them?  It's a lot easier, and we can do it now.  I'm seriously wanting to know.

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