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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

November 15, 2015

Watson AI trained to "chat"

Researchers fed IBM's Watson with information and then trained it to talk to humans in order to directly and creatively solve problems in a wide variety of professions, according to Phys.org news. Student teams in a Georgia Tech class used several hundred articles and 1200 question-answer pairs to teach Watson to "chat" and then worked with the AI to explore ideas generated from biologically inspired design.

October 19, 2015

Is Reanimation After Cryopreservation Feasible?

"Available evidence lends support to the possibility that brain features that encode memories and determine behavior can be preserved during and after cryopreservation", according to an article in MIT Technology Review. The authors conclude that "Cryonics deserves open-minded discussion, as do mainstream efforts to understand the nature of consciousness, preserve human tissue and organs for life-saving transplants, and rescue critically injured patients by understanding the boundaries between biological life and death."

October 13, 2015

Using Brain Activity for Personal Identification

By analyzing coordinated activity between pairs of brain regions, fMRI images can be used to identify specific individuals, according to an article in Kurzweil AI News. Yale researchers were able to identify specific individuals from a group of 126 subjects using fMRI data alone. The new technique, called ScaleS, has been used for large-scale connectomic mapping and 3D neural circuit reconstruction.

October 11, 2015

Automated Image Analysis for Activity Logging

Image analysis of wearable camera images using deep learning techniques has been able to identify users' activity within 19 categories with a 83% accuracy rate, according to a report from the Georgia Tech Institute for Robotics and Machine Intelligence. Images were captured from a passive egocentric wearable camera along with contextual information, such as time and day of week. Classification was conducted using a modified Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) on over 40,000 images and yielded an overall accuracy of 83.07% in learning and predicting daily activities.

September 28, 2015

Human Traits Linked to Particular Brain Connections

Oxford University's Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain has investigated the connections in the brains of 461 people and compared them with 280 different behavioural and demographic measures recorded for them. They found that variation in brain connectivity and an individual's traits lay on a single axis - where those with classically positive lifestyles and behaviours had different connections to those with classically negative ones, according to an article in Neuroscience News.

September 15, 2015

Transparent Brains for Large-scale Connectomic Mapping

Japanese researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute have created a new technique for converting brain tissue into transparent tissue to reveal 3D brain anatomy at very high resolution, according to an article in Kurzweil AI News. The new technique, called ScaleS, has been used for large-scale connectomic mapping and 3D neural circuit reconstruction.

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.