Is Artificial Intelligence the Next Phase of Human Evolution?

The Vermont countryside provides a beautiful backdrop to the headquarters of the Terasem Movement Foundation, where Bruce Duncan is busy working on changing the future as we know it. Seeker Stories correspondent, Laura Ling, visited Terasem and Duncan to get a sense of what could be around the corner in artificial intelligence. There, Ling met Bina48, a social robot considered to be one of the most advanced of her kind in the world. She runs on a type of software called a character engine, which allows her to interact with humans at an unprecedented level. It may even allow her to evolve. Bina48 is based on a real human named Bina Rothblatt, who underwent over 80 hours of interviews to document her life experiences and memories. That information was then…


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