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Bina48 featured in new book of “Humanoid” photography

NYT Photography: “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?”

Bina48, a geminoid robot, speaking with her caretaker at the Terasem Movement Foundation in Bristol, Vt. Bina48, a geminoid robot, speaking with her caretaker at the Terasem Movement Foundation in Bristol, Vt.Credit Max Aguilera-Hellweg/Institute, via Blast Books

Bina48 Featured on Bloomberg Business

Bin48 was featured on Bloomberg Business during an interview with Martine Rothblatt, inventor of the robot Bina48, about MindClones.

Watch the interview below…

 

Mindclones from Social Media: New Research from Stanford Suggests Feasibility

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.

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Computers are Better Judges of Personality Than Friends and Family

Computers can judge personality traits far more precisely than ever believed, according to newly published research.

In fact, they might do so better than one’s friends and colleagues. The study, published Jan. 12 and conducted jointly by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Cambridge, compares the ability of computers and people to make accurate judgments about our personalities. People’s judgments were based on their familiarity with the judged individual, while the computer used digital signals – Facebook “likes.”

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This Thanksgiving, give back to your future

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Leave your great-great-grandchildren something to remember you by with a Lifenaut Biofile. We’ll store your DNA for you* and in lab conditions, so a piece of you will always live on. And maybe someday, you’ll finally be eating turkey in that flying car you wanted.

 

Lifenaut Biofiles are stored as part of the BioFile project. Our BioFile Collection kit is available for a one time donation of $99.00 to cover shipping and handling.

 

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H+ Review of “Virtually Human:The Promise and Peril of Digital Immortality

http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/09/09/book-review-virtually-human-martine-rothblatt/“Virtually Human explores what the not-too-distant future will look like when cyberconsciousness—simulation of the human brain via software and computer technology—becomes part of our daily lives.” by Martine Rothblatt Ph.D., MBA, J.D.

Martine is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and medical ethicist. In 1990 she founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio (now Sirius XM). When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease, Martine left Sirius to search for a cure which she found. She founded United Therapeutics in 1996 and has since served as Chairman and CEO. Martine is also a leading legal advocate for the human rights and has led the IBA in presenting the UN with a draft treaty on the genome and one of the founders of the Tersem movement as well.

In this book Rothblatt suggests that we’ll soon be surrounded by mindclones, digital copies of ourselves that are conscious or what Rothblatt calls “cyberconscious” digital entities. Your mindclone will be exactly like you, indistinguishable, but running on an advanced computer and software system which does not quite yet exist today. But Rothblatt argues it isn’t that far away.

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Create your Mindfile and BioFile at www.LifeNaut.com today

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Alternatives for Very Long-Term Storage of Personal Information & Materials

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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…

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June 2013: TEDx Talk: Bina48 and Bruce Duncan talk about Mindfiles and Androids.

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 The Future of Creativity. Ten speakers from diverse disciplines and fields shared their unique perspectives on the theme. Defining creativity can prove elusive. Some might think instantly of the arts; others might think of possible synonyms: originality, imagin

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ation, or out-of-the-box thinking. Others may equate creativity with advances in disciplines such as technology, education, economics, or leadership. We challenged you to have an open mind and ponder on the future of creativity. Sponsored by TEDx Manchester Village, Manchester 20/20, and Vermont’s Office of the Creative Economy for a lively mixing of creative minds.  Vermont is a great place to create, and more and more professionals in the creative industries – film and new media, architecture, software and game development, the visual and performing arts, advertising and marketing and more – are making Vermont their home.

 

 

 

LifeNaut Project & Bina48 robot are featured in National Geographic 8/11

The Terasem Movement Foundation’s www.LifeNaut.com project is mentioned in the August 2011 edition of the National Geographic magazine (click link to see article/photos).

Max Aquilera-Hellweg created a beautiful two page photo of Nick Mayer, Manager of Cyberbiological Systems, Lifenaut project with Bina48 the worlds most advanced humanoid robot at our location in Vermont. It is another sign that the awareness of robots and avatars and uploading your ‘bemes’ is moving towards the mainstream of our culture conversation.

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