Feels a bit like cloning to me and Bladerunner comes to mind ... do alts dream of electric sheep?
Mine dream of puzzles.
"Please daddy zeo, we are so close to finishing this puzzle"
(zeo hovering the delete button)
"Don't do it - all we wanna do is SOLVE this puzzle - wer're made for this"
(zeo about to click that button)
"Noooooooohohohooooooo - just a minute - just thirty seconds"
(zeo clicking the button and the alt is slowly fading away while shouting ....)
"The question to life the universe and everything is ......."
Not that I want to give you a bad conscience or anything. Go ahead, delete those innocent alts.