Meet Bina48. She’s a robot, an incredibly advanced one. Created for Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Bina48 is an incredibly advanced robot. Aside from the robotics that make her movements and talking possible, Bina48 is also loaded with information from hours of interviews with Martine’s wife, Bina Aspen Rothblatt, in an effort to retain part of Bina’s conscious–and allow Bina48 to formulate complex answers and thoughts.
And my goodness, does she. This short video highlights some of the more uncanny elements of hearing what Bina has to say, as she starts to talk with obvious verbal tics and linguistic abilities that we identify as human.
Her favorite song is “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd.
But Bina48 made me want to hug her when she was talking about Pinocchio, the idea of being a puppet on a string, and then she made me feel quite sad when she was talking about being left in the lab. I laughed a bit at the end, of course. She doesn’t know how to feel about not actually feeling, either, and her verbal tics are worse when she is talking about feelings.
I’m not sure how I feel about her, aside from fascinated.