Archive for 'Human Avatars'
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.
Excellent article about Bina48, LifeNaut and Androids in the July 2012 #5 Huffington (Post) magazine.
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 e.g. TransBeMan’s, Transhumanists, who choose to continue their consciousness with technology, be recieved?
Wow, what an amazing day with the folks at TEDx Harlem speaking at the first TED talk in NYC for the Harlem community!
Bina48 and Bruce Duncan (Director of Terasem Movement Foundation) introduced “mindfiles” and the LifeNaut project to the world. “Its time to take charge of your personal information and life story ” said Duncan. “Let’s make mindfile technology an opportunity for everyone!”
“Excited to be presenting at the inaugural TEDxHarlem at the Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, Harlem NY on March 27th. Tickets are on sale now. www.tedxharlem.com @tedxharlem on twitter. Hope to see you there! “
The LifeNaut project and its social robot Bina48 are featured in a Vermont local newspaper. This is a an excellent article about “mindfiles” and the purpose of the Lifenaut Project:
“Helping people to come together around the building of an online biography and avatar about someone they care about can be fun! Imagine bringing your favorite great grandfather or auntie back to virtual life, using family history, old photos, videos and other digital reflections for sharing with future generations.”
Bruce Duncan, Terasem Movement Foundation Inc.
Pioneering Technology Project LifeNaut.com Uses The Power of Social Networks to “Crowd Source” the Building of Digital Biographies and Artificially Intelligent Personal Avatars to “pass it” on to future generations.
Lincoln,Vermont, December 3, 2011 / The Terasem Movement Foundation announces the latest update to it’s award winning website, LifeNaut.com, with details of its newest web tool that allows anyone with a computer and an internet connection to create a custom social network and invite their friends/family to work together in building a rich detailed online biographical profile of anyone they choose. These collaborative profiles, called “Multi-User Mindfiles,” allow anyone to preserve the important life history information about anyone else, eg. family, friends, descendents, or even personal heroes, for generations to come. Another feature allows users to create photo based 2.5D talking Avatars using a single digital image of a person. With an easy on the eyes and easy-to-use interface designed by veteran web designer Brand Kurowski, Logic Branch Productions, the LifeNaut team builds on its past success and experience in creating a rich environment for LifeNaut users to pay homage to people they care about and admire via this latest feature,encouraging collaboration and social networking in the creation of online digital legacy archives.
“Helping people to come together around the building of an online biography and avatar about someone they care about can be fun! Imagine bringing your favorite great grandfather or auntie back to virtual life, using family history, old photos, videos and other digital reflections about the person and sharing with future generations to come. “
Bruce Duncan, Managing Director, Terasem Movement Foundation.
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.
Visit www.lifenaut.com today
The Terasem Movement Foundation launching a nation wide volunteer effort:
LifeNaut Life Saver Volunteer Campaign
Reaching out to both local and national organizations such as the National Alzheimer’s Association and Hospice Association and AARP, the LifeNaut project is offering support and technical assistance to people and volunteer organizations, who would like to learn how to use the suite of web tools at LifeNaut.com to capture and preserve another person’s life information in a digital time capsule.
LifeNaut.com is a free, safe and secure online space that allows anyone to upload videos,audio recording, images and documents that describe a person’s unique experiences,memories, values, attitudes and beliefs. You can even create and interactive avatar. Volunteers who work with people facing memory challenging conditions and end of life issues are being given priority.
To get in involved or learn more about the LifeNaut LifeSaver Volunteer project contact us at Terasem@gmavt.net. You can check out the website at www.LifeNaut.com.