Artificial intelligence is getting closer and closer to becoming a part of our daily life. One woman already believes that the way to preserve our minds is by cloning them. In fact, she has created the first version of a “mindclone”… all in the name of love.
Martine Rothblatt, the CEO of 6$ billion company United Therapeutics, has created another company called Terasem Movement, Incorporated (TMI), which is dedicated to promoting the idea that human life can be radically extended to achieve the unthinkable: immortality.
How do you achieve immortality? Rothblatt’s method is to download a person’s consciousness into a non-biological or nanotech body. In fact, they are already testing this hypothesis by having created a robot that you can have a conversation with. The robot, BINA48, was initially designed with the help of Hanson Robotics in 2007 and was released in 2010. BINA48 consists only in a bust-like head and shoulders, and uses future consciousness software to combine machine and detailed data about a person. BINA48 has thirty-two facial motors under skin-like rubber and can have a discussion on a range of topics form religion to politics to future technologies.
BINA48 was named and modeled after Martine’s wife, Bina. Scientists have spent hundreds of hours interviewing the real Bina and uploading her responses to questions. In doing so, they have compiled her memories, feelings, and beliefs. While not a perfect replication, this semi-conscious head is capable of answering questions and expressing much of the original Bina’s personality…all which will out-last the mortal Bina.
According to Rothblatt, this is love. In a CBS This Morning report (September 24, 2014), BINA48 is interviewed and asked, “Who do you love the most?” BINA48 replies, “Martine is my timeless love, my soulmate. Martine and I have one soul together forever. We are ‘Marbina’, two bodies, one soul.” Indeed, Martine and Bina claim to have such a strong bond of love that Martine wanted to preserve this love in the form of a “mindclone”. Rothblatt says that “love can transcend form”.
Rothblatt envisions the future creation of mindclones in the form of collections of data or “mindfiles” that reflect our life experiences and our unique self. She explains the concepts of cloning the human mind in her book Virtually Human. Rothblatts expresses her optimistic futurism beliefs in a way to prepare people today for the legal, ethical, and moral challenges of recognizing digital human consciousness. She says that these “software beings” should receive the same “human rights, dignity, respect and privileges and obligations of citizenship”.
Can a computer replace a human brain? Many say it is impossible. Surely, the ability to clone complex, original thought is still far from the present-day capability. Love would say it is only a matter of time, as it has been said, “True love knows no boundaries even though it crosses many.” The not-so-far-away future will tell.
to get closer and closer: acercarse cada vez más
mindclone: clon de mente
to achieve: conseguir
by having created: habiendo creado
was released: fue presentado
bust-like: busto de
in doing so: al hacerlo
to outlast: sobrevivir
timeless: sin tiempo
soulmate: alma gemela
to envision: imaginar
to reflect: reflexionar
it is only a matter of time: solo es una cuestión de tiempo
true love knows no boundaries: el amor verdadero no tiene fronteras