I’m specifically referring to the capsuleers employed by the four empires before the cloning technology was perfected with the capsule, resulting in us, the player characters, whom I consider the second generation from empire perspective. Alphas are either 2.5 or 3. This meant that of course back then, when you got podded, you died. So I imagine that they are a rareish breed.
There are some NPC actors now and again that have history stretching far beyond the release of the game, would it be safe to assume at least some of them are first generation of empire capsuleers? And by extension, surviving “first gens” simply became modern empyreans - there’s no reason I can think of that they would be incompatible with the addition of burning scanners.