BINA48: The First Cyber-Conscious Humanoid with Actual Human Memory

BINA48 is designed to test two hypotheses concerning the ability to download a person’s consciousness into a non-biological or nanotech body after combining detailed data about a person with future consciousness software.

BINA48, a robot owned by Martine Rothblatt’s Terasem Movement, Incorporated (TMI), connects to the Internet and is said to be able to hold a discussion on a range of topics from politics to religion to future technologies. It has thirty-two facial motors under a skin-like rubber. Though without a complete body, the head-and-shoulder robotics express sixty-four different facial gestures. It employs off-the-shelf software, using a microphone to hear, voice recognition software, dictation software which allows improvement in ability to listen and retain information during a conversation, sees the world through two video cameras, and has facial recognition software to remember frequent visitors.

BINA48 (Breakthrough Intelligence via Neural Architecture 48) has variously been called a sentient robot, an android, gynoid, a social robot, a cybernetic companion, and “a robot with a face that moves, eyes that see, ears that hear and a digital mind that enables conversation.”

BINA48 is a humanoid robot, consisting of a bust-like head and shoulders mounted on a frame, developed by Hanson Robotics and released in 2010. It was modeled after Rothblatt’s wife, Bina through more than one hundred hours in compiling her memories, feelings, and beliefs and is said to be able to have conversations with humans.

More about Bina and Martine Rothblatt (Creator of Sirius Radio); an extraordinary interracial, transgender couple married for over 30 years:


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