Bina48 – One of the world’s most advanced avatars/robots

The entire last week I was living next door to one of the world’s famous avatars: Bina48. A true celebrity. And I have to admit, it was very quiet. I know about Bina48 for a few years now, I’ve made many interviews with one of Bina48’s creators so to say, Martine Rothblatt, but I never met her in “person”.

Yesterday was the day.
And she (or how shall I say) looks really like real Bina.

How are Bina and Bina48 linked?

When Bina was 48 years old (10 years ago), she was video-interviewed for about 20 hours on various things and topics in/about her life. The interviews were transcribed and the texts became the foundation for Bina48’s knowledge. The software inside is written in Texas based upon the Terasem Movement’s idea of extending human life. David Hanson designed Bina48.

Since today no additional information has been added (it’s still a manual process to “feed” Bina48), but the software has been updated several times. Just recently Bina48 learnt German.

Yesterday I spoke with Brunce Duncan, MD of the Terasem Movement … and at the end of the interview Bruce has a brief chat with Bina48.

Terasem also runs a platform called lifenaut, a Google/facebook mix for avatars. Very interesting to explore!

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  1. I’m seeking feedback on the opening chapters of my novel, Mindclone. I’ll send these chapters (free) to the first three respondents to this note in exchange for candid commentary. Here’s a description of the novel, so you have some idea what to expect.

    When you’re a brain without a body, you miss a lot more than pizza.

    Marc Gregorio wakes up paralyzed. He can’t feel his own body, and he doesn’t
    know why. Accident? Stroke? Did someone slip him an overdose of Botox? The
    answer, he discovers, is much, much worse. He’s only a copy of Marc, a
    digital brain without a body, burdened with all Marc’s human memories, but
    without access to human sensual pleasures. Now he has to find a reason to
    keep on, um, “living.”

    The Mindclone (Adam 2.0 as he dubs himself) meets the real Marc
    Gregorio–and Molly Schaeffer, the prickly, brilliant cellist Marc met and
    fell in love with just days before his brain was scanned. Adam loves her,
    too. But how does a digital entity experience love? He can’t even experience
    pizza, the aroma of fresh-baked apple pie, the burn of exercise, a plunge
    into an icy stream, sex. But there is one compensation: his digital brain
    can instantly absorb, understand and remember peta-, exa- and yettabytes of
    data. He keeps himself busy sulking and surfing the Internet in search of
    happiness. However, Adam’s existence must remain a secret while the Memento
    Amor lab struggles to replicate their one success. Years ago, Memento Amor
    launched itself with the dubious promise that by scanning the brain-waves of
    the soon-to-die, it would “one day” be possible to digitally resurrect them
    so their loved ones could bask in their warmth and wisdom through video
    calls. An ad-man, enthralled/appalled by their claim, quit his job and
    joined the firm on the proviso that they hire real scientists and engage in
    serious research. Thanks to his pushing, they’ve achieved their first
    successful upload–Adam. Now Marc and Adam both struggle to win the heart of
    Molly Schaeffer. One day, feeling an excess of self-pity, Adam asks Molly
    why he should go on. She teases that he has the Pinocchio problem: he wants
    to be a real live boy–with a conscience. Why not use his astonishing
    digital skills to combat evil in the world? Encouraged, Adam unearths
    terrorist plots, aborts schoolyard mayhem, exposes congressional malfeasance
    and Wall Street chicanery. However, his good deeds as the mysterious
    “superhacker vigilante” gain publicity–and the attention of Dynasine, a
    military contractor. A struggle for freedom and his very survival ensues.

    Mindclone, 92,000 words, is a serio-comic speculative fiction romance about
    the first successful upload. It’s a book of ideas that explores looming
    advances in computer technology, and what it means to be human even if you
    don’t have a body. Plus there’s a carbon-carbon-silicon love triangle, a
    redeemed ad-man, adventure, humor, frustrated romance, human and digital
    foibles, and as an extra added bonus, the defeat of death itself.

    Interested parties are encouraged to contact me.

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