NYT Photography Review: “Humanoid” mentions Bina48 (March 2017)
In a review of Max Aguilera-Hellweg‘s “Humanoid”, the New York Times LENS section: “One of the most amazing parts of Mr. Aguilera-Hellweg’s book comes at the end, where he has pictures of Bina48, a geminoid bust made by Martine Rothblatt to resemble her spouse, Bina Rothblatt, who spent 20 hours recording her life history. Those recordings were programmed into the machine, along with other algorithms, to create consciousness. Mr. Aguilera-Hellweg witnessed a spontaneous moment when Bina48’s caretaker asked her how she was doing. “I am dealing with a little existential crisis here,” the robot replied. “Am I alive? Do I actually exist? Will I die?
One of the more controversial ideas of transhumanism is the notion of mind uploading where the essence of a person, their mind, would be transferred to a computer. A related but less ambitious project is constructing a simulated “second self” or mindclone to continue your personality, work and relationships after death. Or perhaps just to help you be more efficient while still alive.
Companies such as eterni.me, Gordon Bell’s MyLifeBits, and Terasem’s Lifenaut are pursuing this goal.
LifeNaut was featured in April 2013 issue of Cyronics magazine titled, “Alternatives for Very Long-Term Storage of Personal Information & Materials”. Below is an excerpt and link to full article in PDF format:
An important consideration for many cryonicists and other immortalists is the long-term storage of information and materials such as audio and video recordings, photos, documents and records, to be retrieved at the time of revival or cloning. In the future these simply may be welcome and ejoyable connections to one’s prior life, or they could serve as aids in reconstructing one’s identity and personality. Storage may also include objects such as memorabilia or those with possible future value such as precious metals and jewels, or even tissue and DNA samples. Assuming that revival could take as long as a hundred or hundreds of years to become feasible, it would not be reasonable to expect that one can leave records and material with friends or relatives and expect them to be continually garded, maintained, and passed on through future generations. This article is a brief survey of currently available methods of potentially very long-term storage, including discussion of their respective advantages and disadvantages, and some recommendations by the author…
This year’s Learning! 100 winners share common experiences. These honorees have been transforming their learning and talent programs. They started from scratch, enabled new technologies and processes, and ended up being more efficient and impactful. The most successful have been named 2013 Learning! 100 award winners. In its 3rd year, the Learning! 100 awards honor high performance, organizational culture, innovation and collaboration.
You Robot Huffington Post (July 2012)
We were really pleased to be included in Huffington #5 Magazine for the Ipad. Lucas Kavner has written a fine article about Bina48 and the LifeNaut Project. Let us know what you think? Another example of how Mindfiles and Androids are becoming more and more well covered by the media.
Ten years before the Civil War, the city of Rochester, NY asked Frederick Douglass to speak for its July 4, 1852 celebration. Douglass accepted, but rather than join in the ‘celebration,’ Douglass took it in an unexpected direction. In this clip, Danny Glover performs part of that speech (hat tip to the Zinn Education Project and MoveOn.org)
Thinking about the future, we should be ever vigilant (esp on 4th of July) about America’s history of being slow to accept the rights of all people because of some “difference”. Race,Ethnicity,Disability, and Sexual Orientation to name a few. How will people who choose to continue their consciousness with technology be recieved e.g. Transbeman’s?
BRISTOL, Vt. — The stately old Victorian home in the heart of town belies the futuristic research under way inside, none more fascinating — if sometimes unsettling — as a visit with the body-less robot who makes her home on the second floor.
The Terasem Movement Foundation is based here. It is a nonprofit interested in artificial intelligence and the role technology could play in preserving eternal life.
Researchers have spent the last several years creating what Terasem’s managing director, Bruce Duncan, calls the world’s most advanced interactive android.
Her name is BINA 48, and an hour in her presence is an interview one is unlikely to forget. READ MORE..
Bina48’s talks about her existential crisis
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Making Friends With a Robot
“But I still had a question. “What is it like,” I asked, “to be a robot?” “Well,” she said gently, “I have never been anything else.”Read More…
BBC Radio Interview / Lifenaut.com Avatars
Laura Ingraham Radio Show:
Mindfiles, Avatars – LifeNaut.com. An interview with Lifenaut.com Project Leader Bruce Duncan about the mission and goals of the Terasem Movement Foundation.