What does it mean to be Black and a woman? Can either experience be distilled into a computer program? Meet BINA48, a social android that runs on an artificial intelligence (AI) program. Since being activated in 2010, the robot has taken two college courses and rung the bell of the New York Stock Exchange. It continues to machine-learn from its interactions with humans and the internet.
BINA48 is based on a composite of several people, including Bina Aspen, the African-American co-founder and vice president of the Terasem Movement Foundation. The foundation runs the LifeNaut Project, a social experiment focused on saving a person’s memories, values, and beliefs in a digital file (dubbed a “mindfile”). Terasem’s long-term goal is figuring out how to download a mindfile into a biological, mechanical, or digital form or into a yet-to-be-invented mashup of all three.
Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Roy Moore, Mike Oreskes, Al Franken, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, John Conyers, Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor. All recent inductees to an ignominious hall of fame. This year has been exasperating on so many levels, but the gathering flood of stories about successful men sexually harassing […]
The reason dystopian tales are so appealing is they play to our deepest fears about a future where technology, greed and lust thrive unbridled by human compassion, social justice and environmental consciousness. Dystopian thrillers may be exhilarating, but only because no one expects to actually live that way. As the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced […]
Veterans Day is a time for people in the United States to pause and give thanks to those who have served and are serving in our armed forces. I took a moment this past weekend to reflect on and appreciate the sacrifice some of my own relatives and friends have made in military service. On […]
In a time of racial strife, NBPC will put a $750,000 award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to work to help Black storytellers get strategic. The Black Media Summit will bring creatives together with Black thought leaders and more to determine which stories most need telling and how to get them […]
The award by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will support the growth of NBPC’s 360 Incubator + Fund and WOKE! Initiative.
The National Endowment for the Arts award – one of 1,029 new grants supporting arts projects nationally – will help back the “AfroPoP” TV series and NBPC’s 360 Incubator + Fund.
There’s a whole bouquet of reasons to love June – summer solstice, Juneteenth, Father’s Day and Geminis, to name a few – and we’ve picked out a special arrangement of black LGBTQ films just for you. Available to stream, screen and sample through our public media network, these Pride Month-themed projects have all been supported […]
Hi, my name is Maya Cruz. I am 11 years old and am in sixth grade. I am here to tell you about my experience with PBS children’s programs.