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