Boundless is the joy of the writer who justifies a rules hack of physics in some sort of clever way. My worldbuilding demands a matter transmitter that can send goods, but not living creatures. I dodge this through quantum mechanics and a clever application of the Schrodinger's Cat Problem: the cat knows.
Thus, you can't send anything self-aware through the matter transmitter; it comes out dead the other side.
Boy, I am so bloody smart sometimes.
Yeah, I know it's a handwave. I have one word for you: psychohistory.