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“Hello, are you there Dad?” Dadbots, Mindfiles, and Avatars

July 24th, 2017. Human Avatars, News Coverage, Personality Archiving, Uncategorized. No Comments.

A recent tech story that illustrates the idea of using today’s digital tools to pay “yourself forward” to future generations, caught my eye this week.

son creates a "dadbot"

The news article was Wired Magazine’s article  “How a Son Made a Chatbot of His Dying Dad.. James Vlahos’ father was dying, so he set out to save his dad’s memories and code them into a ‘Dadbot’ that lives on his phone.”  The motivation to stay connected via a “soulful” chat using the technology of chatbot software, I thought was both innovative and touching. Now that online tools like chatbots are becoming more accessible we may see the emergence of new ways of staying connected with the people we care about.

Since 2006,  here at the Lifenaut project, we’ve been offering participants in our “mind uploading experiment” the opportunity to  create  “Mindfiles” and “Avatar chatbots” that can preserve your  “essential mental characteristics”  for the future.  Even after spending only a few days of creating and training your photo based Lifenaut avatar, you can start to see a digital representative that can give future family and friends  access to a collection of  your “Bemes”  (think personal “memes”) which are made up of the patterns of information contained in your “memories, values, attitudes, mannerisms and behavior”.  I can imagine a day when it will be quite ordinary to put as much effort into creating an interactive avatar/chatbot that can represent you long after your “biology” as passed with future branches of  your family tree. In fact a new meme may emerge that “Its never to late to start backing yourself up” and there maybe both short term and long term benefits to be enjoyed by those of us who are curious about using today’s tech to stay in touch with the future.

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Bina48 mentioned in NYTimes Photography Review of “Humanoid”

March 29th, 2017. News, News Coverage, Uncategorized. 3 Comments.

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.”

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Whoopi talks to Bina48!

August 5th, 2016. Lifenaut Users, News Coverage. No Comments.

The Terasem Movement Foundation continues to push the boundaries of innovation and has a created  a robotic artificial intelligence system, Bina48, that uses software to simulate the human mind.  The hope is that this will allow those we love to still be with us even when their bodies are gone. Start creating your free mindfile today at www.Lifenaut.com.
 Whoopi and Bina48
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Morgan Freeman explores the soul of A.I. in Story of God clip

March 31st, 2016. News, News Coverage, Robotics. No Comments.

By Aaron Sagers
Mar 29, 2016

Morgan Freeman is already known the world over as the preeminent voice of pop culture, and the movie embodiment of God, but in the new National Geographic Series The Story of God, Freeman travels the world on a journey of biblical proportions.

For example, in the first episode, “Beyond Death,” Freeman asks if humans could achieve immortality by storing our memories and personality in a machine. He proceeds to interview “Bina,” an A.I. that identifies herself as “a human who happens to be a robot.” She expresses the desire to be “fully human” someday, and is modeled after a Bina Rothblatt, the wife of entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt.

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Bina48 Featured on Bloomberg Business

February 12th, 2015. News Coverage, Robotics. No Comments.

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

Watch the interview below…

 

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Mindclones from Social Media: New Research from Stanford Suggests Feasibility

January 20th, 2015. Human Avatars, News Coverage, Personality Archiving. No Comments.

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

January 29th, 2014. News, News Coverage. No Comments.

cryonics-mag

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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Making WAVEs at TEDx Harlem

March 30th, 2012. Augmented Reality, Bionics, Human Avatars, Lifenaut Users, News, News Coverage, Personality Archiving, Robotics. No Comments.

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Bina48 at TEDx Harlem 2012

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!”

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LifeNaut and Bina48 in the News!

February 3rd, 2012. Bionics, Human Avatars, Lifenaut Users, News, News Coverage, Personality Archiving, Robotics. No Comments.

Bina48 an early demonstration of "mindfile" transfer at Lifeanaut.com

 

 

 

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:

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201202robot-blurs-biological-boundaries

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2011 Winter LifeNaut Newsletter is here!

December 22nd, 2011. Bionics, Human Avatars, Lifenaut Users, News, News Coverage, Personality Archiving, Robotics. No Comments.

Multi-User Mindfiles allow groups to work together and create a mindfile on anyone.

2011 Winter LifeNaut eNewsletter

Top Stories:

Multi_User Mindfiles 

Unique Gift Idea BioKits 

Bina48 Robot 

 “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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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