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July 07, 2010

Cylons in Bristol?

F-terasem-image1_0 If you get the Daily 7, you already know the New York Times just published a fascinating, super-creepy interview with a robot (or cyborg, or whatever you want to call her) who lives at a Bristol nonprofit.

Two years ago in our paper, Mike Ives wrote about visiting that nonprofit -- it's, a branch of the Terasem Movement Foundation -- and explored the ideas behind creating creepy robots that imitate dead people. The piece has my favorite subhead ever: "A Bristol nonprofit wants to replicate your brain and bequeath it to a robot."

And they are not kidding. If you are one of the handful of people who watches that "Battlestar Galactica" spinoff called "Caprica," in which a dude preserves a game avatar that exactly replicates the personality of his dead daughter and sticks it in a big metal machine ... well, it's kind of like that. Or it could be eventually, scientific discoveries permitting.

Sure, it's sci fi. But wouldn't you like to preserve your mind forever, no cryogenics required? Or would you? Check it out.

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