In S01E01 of Altered Carbon when Takeshi first speaks with Bancroft, it's explained that a full copy/backup of a person's DHF (stack) is extremely expensive; only for the super rich.

BANCROFT: Have you ever heard of full-spectrum DHF remote storage backup?
TAKESHI: Yeah. Just never met anyone filthy rich enough to afford it.

In such a futuristic setting where medical and technological feats are seemingly easy to accomplish, what's the reasoning behind this?

  • That's never going to have an answer....it's basic economics, more complicated means more expensive.
    – Paulie_D
    May 19, 2019 at 19:57
  • @Paulie_D Just came across some discussion about it here: reddit.com/r/alteredcarbon/comments/81y3yn/…
    – Charles
    May 19, 2019 at 20:43
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    @Charles Didn't vote to close, but I think if you can, just make the question more clear/detailed
    – Vishwa
    May 20, 2019 at 2:41

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According to the Altered Carbon Wiki:

The Protectorate has made it prohibitively expensive to be backed up. The very wealthy -- Meths ­­-- can afford satellite backups that preserve their last version of “self,” in the event that their stack should be destroyed.

Also consider:

  • the DHF is backed up using a satellite link to a remote location - that has to have a high cost
  • they keep a storage facility with multiple clones of their sleeve - that also is not cheap
  • you can see less wealthy people struggling to have a dead relative re-sleeved in their birth sleeve, it's usually a random sleeve, a cheaper option.
  • Dead relatives cannot be be brought back in their birth sleeve. If the birth sleeve were still around, they wouldn't have been dead.
    – T.J.L.
    Sep 30, 2019 at 20:29

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