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Video: Conversation with a robot, Part 1

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Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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BINA48 WAS COMMISSIONED by futurist and entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt. The robot’s face and personality were modeled after Rothblatt's spouse, Bina Rothblatt. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Commissioned by futurist and serial entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt, Bina48 is an android physically designed and programmed based on the appearance and personality of Rothblatt’s spouse, Bina Rothblatt (See related story). The first time I visited Bina48 last month, her face recognition software malfunctioned, which meant I had to return a few days later to conduct a full interview (Check out the Q&A here).

The footage below was taken from the full-length interview conducted when I returned to the Terasem Movement Foundation's new headquarters in Lincoln. It's the first part in a video series documenting that interraction.

The high-frequency noise humming away in the background is from her 36 motors, which enable her to gesticulate 64 different facial expressions. But enough writing, let's watch: 

 

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