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!

What if the mindware is buggy …

… and your mindclone is not like you not even close to what you think he/she should be? Strange question? I would rather say a new question …

This question is the topic of the vlog I did with Martine Rothblatt yesterday. Our entire vlog is here.

And here comes an update, the next vlog (Jan. 3, 2011):
Why would mindclones want immortality?

Mindfiles, Mindware, Mindclones …

… this is how Martine Rothblatt named her blog in which she answers one hundred questions about the coming age of our own cyberconsciousness and techno-immortality. We started a vlog on blip.tv almost a year ago – for each answer one video;-) All of the videos we’ve done via SKYPE, recorded with snapshot pro.

And here comes the next one … Unfortunately I didn’t realize that my snapshot pro licence expired, I found this out when I captured the video. Too late though … What happened you can see in the pict on the left hand side. Sorry for this. But I saved the audiofile;-) Lucky me!

Our topic in this interview is: “What kind of family would mindclones have?” This might sound strange, but in the context of children and artifical lungs based on one’s own DNA, this all becomes so real … We are not talking about sci-fi – this is stuff we are going to see within the next 20 years …!

Enjoy the mp3 – next time it will be video again;-)