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Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt, a charter member of IEET’s Board of Trustees, is responsible for launching several satellite communications companies including the first nationwide vehicle location system (Geostar, 1983), the first private international spacecom project (PanAmSat, 1984), the first global satellite radio network (WorldSpace, 1990), and the first non-geostationary satellite-to-car broadcasting system (Sirius, 1990). As an attorney-entrepreneur she also was responsible for leading the efforts to obtain worldwide approval, via new international treaties, of satellite orbit/spectrum allocations for space-based navigation services (1987) and for direct-to-person satellite radio transmissions (1992). In the 1990s, Dr. Rothblatt entered the life sciences field by leading the International Bar Association’s project to develop a draft Human Genome Treaty for the United Nations (submitted in 1999), and by founding a biotechnology company, United Therapeutics (1996). Dr. Rothblatt is the author of books on satellite communications technology (Radiodetermination Satellite Services and Standards, Artech, 1987), gender freedom (Apartheid of Sex, Crown, 1995), genomics (Unzipped Genes, Temple University Press, 1997) and xenotransplantation (Your Life or Mine, Ashgate House, 2003). She is also cyberscripted and produced one of the first cybermuseums, the World Against Racism Museum.

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Alternatives for Very Long-Term Storage of Personal Information & Materials

June 2013: TEDx Talk: Bina48 and Bruce Duncan talk about Mindfiles and Androids.

LifeNaut Project & Bina48 robot are featured in National Geographic 8/11

LifeNaut LifeSaver Volunteer Program Nationwide Campaign is Launched

Terasem’s Flagship Project: recieves 6K visitors in 24 hours


Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality by Martine Rothblatt (2014)

Longevitize!: Essays on the Science, Philosophy & Politics of Longevity by ed. Franco Cortese (2013)

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays by eds. Max More and Natasha Vita-More (2013)

From Transgender to Transhuman: A Manifesto On the Freedom Of Form by Martine Rothblatt (2012)

Two Stars for Peace: The Case for Using U.S. Statehood to Achieve Lasting Peace in the Middle East by Martine Rothblatt (2003)

Unzipped Genes: Taking Charge of Baby-Making in the New Millennium by Martine Rothblatt (1997)

Apartheid of Sex : A Manifesto on the Freedom of Gender by Martine Rothblatt (1991)


"Human Rights for Cyberconscious Beings"   Virtually Human: The Promise and the Peril of Digital Immortality  May 25, 2015

"Aviation Regulation As A Model For Nanotech Regulation"   Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology 9(1):74-78  Mar 29, 2014

"Geoethical Rules for Nanotechnological Advances"   Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology 8(1):1-7  Mar 29, 2013

"The Legal Status of Multiple Revived Versions of a Person"   Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness 7(1)  Mar 29, 2012

"Billions of Sexes (Part 2)"   Transgender To Transhuman  Mar 13, 2012

"Billions of Sexes (Part 1)"   From Transgender to Transhuman  Mar 12, 2012

"The Bathroom Bugaboo"   Transgender To Transhuman  Mar 4, 2012

"The Transcendence of Life"   The Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology  Feb 14, 2012

"Vitology is Life"   The Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology  Feb 7, 2012

"The Fiction of Biology"   The Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology  Jan 31, 2012

"Hybriduality and Geoethics (part 1)"   The Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology  Jan 24, 2012

"The Geoethics of Frankenfolk"   Terasem Journals  Jan 20, 2012

"Can We Develop and Test Machine Minds and Uploads Ethically?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones  Apr 24, 2011

"Won’t Mindclones Only Be for the Rich and Famous?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones  Mar 21, 2011

"How can a mindclone be an exact copy of a person’s mind?"   Mindfiles, Mindware, and Mindclones  Jan 27, 2011

"What if “mindclones” are as buggy as software I buy for my PC?"   Mindfiles, Mindware, and Mindclones  Dec 31, 2010

"#19: Cyberconsciousness Won’t Take Aeons to Evolve"   Ethical Technology  Dec 13, 2010

"Will Mindclones, AIs, and Uploads Ever Run Out of Cyberspace?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones  Nov 21, 2010

"Why Should We Extend Human Rights to Mindclones?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones  Jun 27, 2010

"Would Mindclones Have Rights?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones  Jun 3, 2010

"Would mindclones be part of the human family?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones  Feb 22, 2010

"Why Cyberconsciousness Won’t Take Aeons to Evolve"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones  Jan 29, 2010

"Will Uploaded Minds in Machines be Alive?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones  Dec 26, 2009

"What is Techno-Immortality?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones  Oct 24, 2009

"Can Consciousness be Created in Software?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones   Aug 15, 2009

"Martine Rothblatt’s The Apartheid of Sex 15 Years Later"   Apartheid of Sex: A Manifesto on the Freedom of Gender  Jul 8, 2009

"Why Worry About This Sci-Fi Stuff Now?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones   May 21, 2009

"What Are Mindclones?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones   May 4, 2009

"What is Mindware?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones   Apr 9, 2009

"What Are Mindfiles?"   Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones   Apr 2, 2009

"Martine’s mindfiles"   Sentient Developments  Aug 23, 2007

"Macro-Bushido: A Geoethical Consciousness for an Info-Cultural Age"   Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness 1(3)  Dec 3, 2006

Recent Multimedia

AI, Immortality and the Future of Selves   2015-08-15

AI, Immortality and the Future of Selves   2015-06-11

Martine Rothblatt and Bina48 interviewed by Joe Rogan   2015-05-22

My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality   2015-05-19

The Singularity Is Near Movie Trailer   2014-07-21

The Colbert Report /w Martine Rothblatt and BINA48   2014-06-26

Back To The Future In The Metaverse   2014-05-20

Dr. Martine & Bina Rothblatt Speak at Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit   2013-10-28

Sirius Inventor Martine Rothblatt on Howard Stern   2012-12-26

Two Stars for Peace - Palestine and Israel join USA as 51st and 52nd states   2012-09-18


IEET Trustee Martine Rothblatt produces Ray Kurzweil film (Jul 07, 2012)

Martine Rothblatt’s Lifenaut Project Featured in New Scientist (Jun 13, 2010)

IEET folks in latest h+ magazine (Sep 14, 2009)

Global Spiral Publishes Ten Defenses of Transhumanism (Feb 06, 2009)

IEET Receives Generous Gift from Dr. Rothblatt (Feb 05, 2009)

Cosmic Engineers Defend Transhumanism’s Radicalism (Jan 17, 2009)

Michael Anissimov reports from Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons (Dec 11, 2008)

Report on Terasem’s Geoethical Nano Conf in SL (Jul 29, 2008)

Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness features IEET uplift paper (Nov 16, 2006)

Hughes, Rothblatt and de Grey slides online from Immortality conference in Atlanta (Feb 04, 2006)

Past Appearances

Vita-More, Rothblatt, Hughes @ Juniata H+ Conference (Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA USA - Jul 26, 2015)

IEET Trustees Art Caplan & Martine Rothblatt give Workshop on “Lung Transplant Ethics” (New Haven, CT USA - Apr 03, 2014)

Rothblatt @ Human Soul & Machine: The Singularity Conf (American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore MD, USA - Mar 09, 2014)

Rothblatt & Cortese @ The 9th Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons ((Terasem Island Ampitheatre, Second Life - December 10, 2013) - Dec 10, 2013)

Cascio, de Grey, Goertzel, Prisco, Rothblatt, Treder, Vita-More @ Transvision 2010 (Milan, Italy - Oct 22, 2010)

“The Singularity Is Near” panel at the Woodstock Film Festival (Woodstock, NY - Sep 30, 2010)

Martine Rothblatt on Reconstructing Minds from Software Mindfiles (Cyberspace - Sep 18, 2010)

Hughes, Rothblatt, Kurzweil & Wallach @ Transbeman Screening @ Woodstock Film Festival (Woodstock, NY USA - Oct 02, 2009)

Geoethical Nanotechnology Workshop (Terasem Island in SecondLife - Jul 20, 2008)

Geoethical Nanotechnology Workshop (Terasem Island, Second Life - Jul 20, 2008)

Rothblatt, Bainbridge & Glenn @ Terasem Colloquium on Transbeman Rights (Virtual - Dec 10, 2007)


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