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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.
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.
* See our terms of participation
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…
LifeNaut.com’s supporting organization the Terasem Movement Foundation was named a 2013 Learning 100 Organization by E Learning Magazine on August 6, 2013
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.
As in previous years, Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines (EMG) recognize 60 corporate and 40 public-sector organizations for outstanding learning culture, innovation or collaboration that drives performance. Honorees cut across all industries and organization sizes, from 2 to 2.6 million employees. “We are honored to recognize these top performing learning organizations for 2013,” says Catherine Upton, group publisher. “Altogether, the Learning! 100 winners represent the best-of-the-best in learning and development across multi-national organizations.” The Learning! 100 Award program has a solid, research-based approach that offers firms a level playing field despite size, and many post-awards learning opportunities to share their knowledge.
Learning! 100 applicants were evaluated across three criteria: Aberdeen Group’s Best-in-Class Learning & Development assessment, EMG’s Learning Culture index, and overall organizational performance. Each submission received a rating for each section, and scores were totaled to identify the top 100. Their individual Learning! 100 rankings were determined by overall performance and the impact of their learning leadership.
“The top-ranked organizations all drive innovation and learning impact across their organizations,” says Jerry Roche,editorial director. “For example, American Heart Association’s mission is to reduce heart-related mortalities. It embraces learning across its communities: medical practitioners, employees and volunteers. The mission is honorable, and its learning strategies are impactful.”
There are lessons in the following pages that can apply to all learning organizations. Your peers hint that even more is possible than what has been done in the past. First and foremost, we can use new technologies entering the workplace — from smartphones and tablets to Skype and other telepresence technology — to go where we’ve never gone before and be what we’ve never been before. We can be more efficient. We can be more cost-effective. We can be more learner-centric. We can reach new audiences wherever they are. We can provide better ways to collaborate. We can move out of the classroom and into the workplace. We can even flip the entire process of learning, like what’s being done at Khan Academy. It’s our collective imagination that defines those limits, and it’s people on the cutting-edge of learning that will determine our futures.
Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines proudly salute the achievements and outstanding leadership of this year’s winners.
Press Contact: Terasem@gmavt.net
Excellent article about Bina48, LifeNaut and Androids in the July 2012 #5 Huffington (Post) magazine.
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.