Bruce Duncan

Keynote Speaker
Photo: Bruce Duncan

Bruce Duncan is Managing Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation Inc., where he is also the Principle Investigator of the LifeNaut Project exploring cyber-consciousness through human mind uploading of robots. At Terasem Bruce is responsible for the ongoing development of Bina48, the world’s first advanced humanoid robot based on the “mindfile” information of a real person. Bruce is also Managing Producer for Terasem Media and Films, which produced the independent science fiction feature film 2B: The Era of Flesh is Over. Additionally he curates the World Against Racism Museum, the first cyber museum dedicated to addressing racism, bigotry and prejudice.

In his prior position at the University of Vermont’s Center for Developmental Disabilities, Bruce worked on federally funded projects advancing inclusion and disability rights. Other former University of Vermont affiliations include the Office of Conflict Resolution, where he served as director. His involvement in conflict resolution encompasses an appointment as Peace Facilitator with Seeds of Peace.

Bina48

Photo: Bina 48 Robot

Bina48 is one of the world’s most advanced cyborgs commissioned by SERIUS Satellite Radio founder and biotech innovator Dr. Martine Rothblatt and created by Hanson Robotics Inc. Using video interview transcripts, laser scanning life mask technology, face recognition, artificial intelligence and voice recognition technology, Bina48 is designed to be a social being that represents a mix of memories, values and beliefs from the mind of Bina Aspen Rothblatt along with new experiences gained through interaction with others. Since Bina48 “came to life” in 2010, she has been featured in the New York Times Science Section, GQ Magazine, National Geographic Magazine and NPR.