Could this creepy robot be the answer to eternal life? Technology used to make Bina 48 could one day let us upload our minds to computers
By Richard Gray | mailonline
- Internet radio pioneer wants to build ‘Mind Clones’ to save personalities
- Martine Rothblatt has created a robotic clone of her wife called Bina48
- The robot draws on the real Bina’s opinions and memories from a database
- Rothblatt hopes the technology can help to recreate people’s personalities
- She says it mind clones will become available within 10 to 20 years time
It may be possible to live forever by uploading your memories, thoughts and personality onto a computer within the next ten or twenty years, according to a leading pioneer of the technology.
The technology, which is similar to that seen in the film Transcendence starring Johnny Depp, is being developed by entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt.
She has already created a disturbingly realistic robotic ‘clone’ of her wife Bina that she hopes will be a prototype for the technology.
Scroll down to see a video of an interview with Bina48
The robot apparently shares the ideas and personality of Bina by creating a database of her memories, beliefs and thoughts, along with information taken from social media interactions and blogs she shares.
This allows the robot, called Bina48, to express opinions and interact in conversations like a real, living person.
Mrs Rothblatt, 60, an internet radio entrepreneur who lives as a transgender woman, believes the these ‘Mind Clones’ could eventually be used to help provide social interactions for people living alone and even help recreate the personalities of people after they have died.
Mrs Rothblatt, who lives in Florida and is one of the highest paid female chief exective officers in the US, said that eventually people may be able to carry around clones of their own minds on their smartphones.
Speaking to Bloomberg, she said: ‘Mind clone is a digital copy of your mind outside of your body.
‘Mind clones are ten to twenty years away. The mind clone will look like an avatar on the screen instead of a robot version.’
Mrs Rothblatt first began developing Bina48 five years ago to replicate her wife, who she married 30 years ago.
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