So, there was a question open on the Facebook wall about children in EP, and with so few data provided by the game on this issue I thought it would interesting to open a discussion about that in here.
First, as "ways to have offspring":
Mars: it's been mentioned that, if you have ownership of your morphs DNA or pay a reproduction license, you can have a child the old way humanity was using thousands of years ago.
Infomorphs: I think I read somewhere that Infomorphs can exchange code and produce a third, mixed infomorph, kinda like how bacteria get together sometimes to mix DNA (but the 2 bacterias would end being 3 clones, while the Infomorphs should end being 3 different egos).
Forking: grab a backup of yourself years ago, effectively a child. This has been mentioned for really old Oligarchs...
Somehow produce a child ego, slap it into an accelerated simulspace: done by Cognite, say hello to the Lost Generation.
So, about having children "the old way", it was mentioned how having high-end morphs from birth, even with most implants "growing", would surely change the child's ego (it's not the same for us to gain more senses, for example, than for an ego growing up inside a Remade morph to be forced to be sleeved into a splicer).
Anyway, this is the idea here, discuss about how children would show up, grow up and fare in AF10. Yes, it is true that there are millions of egos in cold storage, and that aside from oligarchs and barsoomians is hard to think about that, but...
The most important part of this is, "how does an ego comes to be?" Because if you programm it, how is that child different from an AGI?