Bina48 is one of the world’s most advanced social robots. Commissioned by Dr. Martine Rothblatt and created by Hanson Robotics Inc., she is based on Bina Aspen, co-founder of the Terasem Movement and the World Against Racism Museum. Using video-interview transcripts, laser-scanning life-mask technology, artificial intelligence, and face- and voice-recognition technology, Bina48 was created to demonstrate the first step in the Terasem Hypothesis, which states that “a conscious analog of a person may be created by combining sufficiently detailed data about the person (a “mindfile”) using future-consciousness software (“mindware”).
Bina48 is designed to be a social being that represents a mix of memories, values, beliefs from the original Bina along with new experiences gained through interaction with others. She has been featured in the New York Times Science Section, GQ Magazine, NPR and National Geographic Magazine since she “came to life” in 2010.