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Terasem Movement, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit charity endowed for the purpose of educating the public on the practicality and necessity of greatly extending human life, consistent with diversity and unity, via geoethical nanotechnology and personal cyberconsciousness, concentrating in particular on facilitating revivals from biostasis. The Movement focuses on preserving, evoking, reviving and downloading human consciousness.

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At Terasem Radio you can listen to music and interviews related to immortality, transhumanism, cyberconsciousness, mind-uploading, and the Singularity. Terasem Radio is an Internet radio station operated by Terasem Movement, Inc. and dedicated to diversity, unity, and joyful immortality. The radio station offers music and commentary on the Terasem transreligion and its educational mission in favor of geoethical nanotechnology, transhuman cyberconsciousness and indefinitely extended life.


Terasem News

August 18, 2015

Miniature Functioning Human-brain Model

Scientists have developed a miniature human brain in a dish with the equivalent brain maturity of a five-week-old fetus, according to an article in Kurzweil AI News. The researchers at Ohio State report that it contains most of the structures found in a developing brain (except for a vascular system) and represents the most complete human brain model yet developed.

August 12, 2015

Origin of Robot Species

University of Cambridge researchers have built a robot that can build other (simpler) robots, test which one does best, and automatically use the results to improve the design for the next generation of robots, according to an article in Kurzweil AI News. This is but one step away from self-improving reproduction in a machine ... basically the beginning of Darwinian evolution in machines. Considering that the pace of such evolution will be a billion times faster than it was with biological organisms, Kurzweil may have his Singularity very soon.

August 10, 2015

Humour in a Machine

Researchers at Microsoft have developed an artificial intelligence system with a sense of humour. According to an article in Bloomberg News, the system is intended to sift through over 5000 black and white cartoons submitted to the New Yorker every week to find the funniest choices among captions that make similar jokes. The lack of humour in an AI has been a mainstay in science fiction, perhaps best represented by Commander Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation

Jule 21, 2015

Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed software that can recognize hand-drawn sketches better than humans for the first time. According to an article published in Kurzweil AI News, the software correctly identified the sketches 74.9 percent of the time vs 73.1 percent for humans. It is a "deep neural network" that considers the unique characteristics of sketches - particularly the order the strokes were drawn. When used to understand drawings on touchscreens, the software could be used as an alternative input to keywords for information searches.

June 29, 2015

Scientists create a "fully functional" artificial neuron

Scientists at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet and Linkoping University have built what they claim is a "fully functional neuron" that mimicks the functions of a human nerve cell, according to an article published in Kurzweil AI News . The "organic electronic biomimetic neuron" senses a chemical change in one dish and translates it into an electrical/ionic signal that travels along an "axon" to a "synapse" and releases chemical signals in another dish that then trigger another neuron, etc.

June 22, 2015

Brain connections last as long as the memories they store

Our memories are as fleeting as the brain structures that store them, or so the theory goes. When the connections - called synapses - between neurons break, the memories they hold are thought to evaporate along with them. Mark Schnitzer, an associate professor of biology and of applied physics at Stanford, has leveraged microscopy tools developed in his lab to monitor the connections (synapses) between hippocampal neurons for the first time and confirm this theory, according to an article published in the Stanford News Service. In the mice that the neuroscientist and his team studied, the connections between neurons lasted about 30 days, roughly the duration over which episodic memories are believed to stay in the mouse hippocampus.

May 19, 2015

3D Virtual Humans

Photo-realistic 3D Virtual humans capable of having a conversation with you are just around the corner. You will soon be able to create visually indistinguishable animated avatars of loved ones, ancestors, historic figures, etc. according to ReForm, a new franchise from the Creators Project of the Institute For Creative Technologies.

May 5, 2015

Future artificial intelligence: acceptance or fear

Renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil, his daughter and our founder Martine Rothblatt recently exchanged a fascinating series of communications about the reasons behind fear or acceptance of future artificial intelligence. That discussion has now been published in a Kurzweil AI article.

April 27, 2015

Self modifying code a hallmark of real intelligence as well as artificial intelligence

Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered that neurons are risk takers: They use minor "DNA surgeries" to toggle their activity levels all day, every day. Since these activity levels are important in learning, memory and brain disorders, the researchers think their finding will shed light on a range of important questions, as reported in this Medical Express article.

April 22, 2015

Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos

In a world first, Chinese scientists have created genetically modified human embryos using the gene-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 and sparked a high-profile debate about the ethical implications of such work. Human germline modification is widely considered unethical for both safety and social reasons and is prohibited by more than 40 countries and several international human rights treaties. See this article in Nature for more information.