Virtually Human explores
what the not-too-distant future will look like when
cyberconsciousness—simulation of the human brain via software and computer
technology—becomes part of our daily lives.
Meet Bina48, the world’s most sentient robot, commissioned
by Martine Rothblatt and created by Hanson Robotics. Bina48 is a nascent
Mindclone of Martine’s wife that can engage in conversation, answer questions,
and even have spontaneous thoughts that are derived from multimedia data in a
Mindfile created by the real Bina.
If you’re active on Twitter or Facebook, share photos
through Instagram, or blogging regularly, you’re already on your way to
creating a Mindfile—a digital database of your thoughts, memories, feelings,
and opinions that is essentially a back-up copy of your mind. Soon, this
Mindfile can be made conscious with special software—Mindware—that mimics the
way human brains organize information, create emotions, and achieve
self-awareness. This may sound like science-fiction, but the nascent technology
already exists. Thousands of software engineers across the globe are working to
create cyberconsciousness based on human consciousness and the Obama
administration recently announced plans to invest in a decade-long Brain
Activity Map project.
Virtually Human is
the only book to examine the ethical issues relating to cyberconsciousness and
Rothblatt, with a PhD in medical ethics, is uniquely qualified to lead the
dialogue. Download and start listening now!