Vermont Robot "gets real" Vermont's LifeNaut Technology Project is Featured in the National Geographic Magazines' August 2011 Print and Online Editions

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Vermont based a technology that is exploring the transfer of human consciousness and Bina48 and advanced humanoid robot are featured in article"Us. and Them, robots like us" that describes the leading developments in robots meant to look like us/

The, the flagship technology project of the private non-profit Terasem Movement Foundation, is being featured in the August 2011 edition of National Geographic Magazine. Pictured among several examples of the most advanced robotics and artificial intelligence projects in the world, Max Agulerra-Hellweg’s stunning photograph captures the articles by line: “US. And them, are we ready for robots like us”.

“We are really excited that the National Geographic Magazine has included Bina48 and the LifeNaut Project in its August 2011, print and online editions” said Bruce Duncan, Managing Director of the Foundation and Project Leader for the LifeNaut program. “Bina48, is a humanoid robot built by Hanson Robotics, based on information about Bina Aspen, a co-founder of the Terasem Movement Foundation, is an early demonstration of the merging of human personality information with a "friend robot". One day it may be quite common to have access to the memories and experiences of past generations or share current knowledge with many people at once through interactive digitial representations of ourselves in digital and robotic forms.

Created in 2006, the project has over 18,000 registered users interested in exploring the benefits of technology for perserving one’s personality for the possivble transferrence of personal life information to interactive avatars and robots. The Lifenaut Project is the brainchild of its founder Dr. Martine Rothblatt, who is reponsible for many innovations including the invention of Sirius Sattellite radio and the start of several bio tech companies. Rothblatt envisions that one day personal life information contained in “mindfiles” will be used by future technology to allow the essence of a person’s life information to live on beyond their biological passing into new forms such as digital avatars and robots.

For more information, contact Bruce Duncan at bduncan2008(at)gmail(dot)com , (802) 453-8533.

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About: The Terasem Movement Foundation (
The Terasem Movement Foundation is non profit ograniztion started in 2004 by Dr. Martine Rothblatt and Bina Aspen.

About: The Lifenaut project began in 2006 and is based in Northern Vermont. It is supported by private donations and offered as a free online resource to the public. To learn more about the Bina48 robot and the LifeNaut project please visit

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