Say hello to Bina48, an artificial intelligence living in Vermont. Her home is in the offices of the Terasem Movement Foundation founded by Martine Rothblatt. Bina48 is intelligent enough to carry on a conversation.
Bina48 is modeled on a real person named Bina Rothblatt, who is one of it’s owners and was made by David Hanson of Hanson Robotics. She has over 30 motors and her skin is made of a material called Frubber developed by Hanson Robotics.
The Terasem Movement is a non profit organization interested in artificial intelligence. The Terasem website states the following:
Terasem Movement, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit charity endowed for the purpose of educating the public on the practicality and necessity of greatly extending human life, consistent with diversity and unity, via geoethical nanotechnology and personal cyberconsciousness, concentrating in particular on facilitating revivals from biostasis. The Movement focuses on preserving, evoking, reviving and downloading human consciousness.
Cyberconsciousness and downloading human consciousness? Woah, that’s some pretty heady science fiction type stuff. Makes me think of the book Neuromancer by William Gibson.
It seems these folks hope one day technology will exist to help extend our lives. You can join in on this by joining Lifenaut for a mere one time donation of $8,950. You then give them some of your cells and upload photos and videos of yourself and create an avatar.
Hopefully one day you will become like Bina48 or better yet, like the artificial intelligence Neuromancer from William Gibson’s book of the same name.
Click through for a New York Times interview with Bina48.