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Love Machina Hot Docs 2024 Review
A film about science fiction rapidly catching up with science facts, with the possibility of our being able to transfer our consciousness into robots becoming more likely.

Love Machina

Runtime: 01:36
Synopsis:
Futurists Martine and Bina Rothblatt create humanoid AI Bina48 to transfer Bina’s consciousness into a robot, aiming to perpetuate their extraordinary love affair across eternity.

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A couple develops an A.I. robot in the hope that their love transcends their lives in . Martine and Bina Rothblatt are the founders of the Teresim Movement Foundation. Inspired by Octavia Butler's book series Earthseed, the couple hired Bruce Duncan to create a mindfile in 2006. This provided to basis for Bina48, a humanoid AI robot based on the real Bina's mindfile. The goal is for Bina48 to improve enough so that Bina and her love for Martine can continue after death.

Love Machina Synopsis

Love Machina is a documentary directed by Peter Sillen about the goal of Martine and Bina Rothblatt to develop AI robotics to the point where death becomes optional. The couple have been married for forty years, even after Martine, the creator of Sirius radio, came out as a trans woman. Through the development of Bina48, created by Hanson Robotics, the Rothblatts hope that their love for each other will surpass their human lives.

My Thoughts on Love Machina

Love Machina is a film about science fiction rapidly catching up with science facts, with the possibility of our being able to transfer our consciousness into robots becoming more likely. There is one point in the film where Bina48's software is upgraded to incorporate ChatGPT technology and the difference in the way the robot communicates is astronomical. Of course, the film also brings up cryonics to preserve near-dead bodies for future revival, which is probably a bit harder to swallow.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.