New York Times reporter interviews robot [Video]

National New York Times correspondent Amy Harmon sat down recently to talk to the latest darling of the robot set, Bina48, and found the talking head to be life-like and fairly articulate with a range of human expressions as well as some goofy quirks.

Getting mixed reviews, Bina48 looks quite a bit like Bina Rothblatt, largely because her wife, self-made millionaireMartine Rothblatt reportedly commissioned $125,000 for the gynoid head.

The couple are into transhumanism, a sort of digital and genetic back up of human consciousness and the robot head is an obvious offshoot.

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It’s not clear why Rothblatt, one of the highest paid executives in the nation’s capital couldn’t spring for more than just a head and part of a torso, but she likely spent a mint on Bina’s hours “talking” to the bot head to teach it the facts of life.

Hardwired into a computer, Bina48 is an engaging robot on a mission, even during the somewhat scripted interview.

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