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The Terasem Movement is a group of three organizations based in the United States. The name (Tera–Earth, Sem–Seed) was inspired by Earthseed, a fictional religion from the works of Octavia Butler. The movement was founded by Martine Rothblatt and Bina Aspen Rothblatt, and is guided by principles called the "Truths of Terasem".
Terasem Movement, Inc.
Terasem Movement, Inc. (TMI) was incorporated in 2002. It is a charitable organization located in Melbourne Beach, Florida. The eldest of the sister organizations, TMI's mission is to educate 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. TMI achieves this objective through its yearly workshop and colloquia; safekeeping mind files within its CyBeRev Project, which is based on Dr. Rothblatt's 2012 article in the Journal of Machine Consciousness, entitled, "The Terasem Mind Uploading Experiment"; publishing the online Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology and Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness; grant writing; production of the screen adaptation of Ray Kurzweil’s best-selling book, The Singularity Is Near; and outreach programs. Through its hosted events, TMI works to ensure the burgeoning technologies are used in a manner that is safe for humans and the environment.
Current projects include
- CyBeRev - Cybernetic Beingness Revival is part of a multi-decade experiment to test the comparability of a single-person human consciousness with a digital representation of the same person created by personality software that draws upon a database of the original person's digitized interactions, as assessed by expert psychological review.
- Terasem Online Journals - include The Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology and The Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness.
- Terasem Motion InfoCulture - a division of Terasem Movement Inc., in partnership with Ray Kurzweil, developed the film adaptation of Ray Kurzweil's book, The Singularity is Near.
Terasem Movement Foundation, Inc.
Terasem Movement Foundation, Inc (TMF), incorporated in 2004, is an educational foundation located in Lincoln, Vermont. Its mission is to promote the geoethical use of nano and cybernetic technology for human life extension. TMF conducts educational programs and supports scientific research (LifeNaut Project) and development in the areas of cryonics, biotechnology, and cyber consciousness. The common purpose of all of the Terasem Movement Foundation’s projects is to investigate the Terasem Hypotheses.
Current projects include:
- Lifenaut - A long-term research study that offers a free online repository of individual digital reflections/biographical information (Mindfiles) and a place to cryonically store DNA samples (BioFiles) for long-term preservation and eventual re-animation as technology evolves.
- BINA48 - A social robot (Breakthrough Intelligence via Neural Architecture 48 – 48 exaflops is the speed at which the human brain is purported to compute) that is an early demonstration of the potential for using "mindfiles" for transferring human consciousness information to new forms. TMF encourages public dialog about cyber-consciousness via public presentations and social media.
- World Against Racism Museum - an online exhibition designed to educate the public, especially young people, about the fiction of race, the ignorance behind racism, and the need to relate to all people as individuals rather than as racial categories.
- 2B - A feature sci-fi film: The script is based upon real science and evolving technologies: The film purports that the 'techno-human' conundrum is the hottest and most controversial topic of this century, and the project is designed to jump-start the conversation about the moral and religious questions raised by the biotech revolution.
Terasem Movement Transreligion, Inc.
Terasem Movement Transreligion, Inc. (TMT), incorporated in 2004, with locations in Melbourne Beach, FL and Bristol, VT, is the third and youngest of the Terasem projects and is a 501c3 not-for-profit religious organization. Its mission is to build a collective consciousness consisting of joyful immortal extensions of each of its joiners. Though Terasem considers all humans as ‘Joiners’, after receiving inquiries about how one may formally ‘join’ Terasem, TMT provided a ‘Joinership’ application and induction on its site.
TMI's CyBeRev Project and TMF’s LifeNaut Project were created wholly apart from one another by two diverse teams of professionals, but are based on the same two hypotheses.
Geoethics, as defined by Dr. Rothblatt, is the study of technology risk/benefit management across geographic spaces. Analogously, bioethics is the study of technology risk/benefit management across corporeal spaces.
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- Official website – Terasem Movement, Inc
- Official website – Terasem Movement Foundation, Inc.
- Official website – Terasem Movement Transreligion, Inc.