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Mission Statement

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

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.

March 16, 2015

Minduploading Technology: High-speed, high-resolution imaging of live neurons

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Kanazawa University have imaged living neurons with unprecedented spatial resolution and speed by using a modified atomic force microscope, as reported in a Kurzweil AI article.

March 15, 2015

Future world of cyber-consciousness mindclones

In a not-too-far-future, robotic mind-clones will accompany us to the ballot box or grocery store, sit in on business meetings we can't make, argue with us occasionally and keep our essence alive long after we're gone. "There will be continued advances in software that we see throughout our entire life, Eventually, these advances in software will rise to the level of consciousness." Martine Rothblatt told a packed audience at SXSW according to an article in USA Today.

March 2, 2015

Scientists have successfully traced how memories are imprinted on the brain

In a paper published in the science journal Nature, scientists report success in tracing how memories are imprinted on the brain. According to Professor Ellen Carpenter, chair of UCLA's undergraduate Neuroscience program, this "demonstrates that it is possible to find the cellular source of learning. Previously we had thought that learning was much more distributed across the brain." The experiment charted nerve cell changes in rats' brains as they made decisions - a process that could prove life changing if replicated in humans according to a recent article in The Daily Beast.

February 16, 2015

Time is running out for ethicists to tackle very real AI quandaries

Self-driving cars? Buses? Planes? Fully automated restaurants? Police drones? In the very near future, virtually all of us will spend some portion of the day with our lives in the hands of a piece of autonomous software. Clearly AI morality is anything but academic! A recent article in ExtremeTech makes the case that AI ethics is the most important philosophical issue of our time. This also one of the key issues explored in depth by luminaries such as Marvin Minsky Ph.D, William Sims Bainbridge Ph.D, and Martine Rothblatt Ph.D in the Terasem Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness for almost a decade.