ArtYard is thrilled to host a poetry event unlike any other, featuring humanoid robot BINA48, Bruce Duncan of the Terasem Movement Foundation, and poet Sasha Stiles, who as BINA48’s poetry mentor is engaged in developing the literary mindfile of one of the world’s most advanced social robots. Join us for a poetry reading and conversation about creativity and cognition, what machine learning can teach us humans, and the origin story of BINA48, who Stiles proposes is a 21st-century love poem. Following the reading, the public will have an opportunity to direct questions to the poet and the sentient being who inspired her.

Additional events with BINA48 will be taking place this weekend. Please visit our website for more information.



Sasha Stiles is a writer, artist, and strategist working at the intersection of analog nostalgia and transhumanism. Her Pushcart Prize-nominated poetry—which has recently appeared in The Common, Copper Nickel, Meridian, Rattle and elsewhere—explores the relationships between technology, language, identity, and humanity; her first full-length collection, Technology, is forthcoming. As poetry mentor to BINA48, Sasha is engaged in developing the literary mindfile of one of the world’s most advanced social robots. @sashastiles @technelegy


Commissioned by Dr. Martine Rothblatt, inventor of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, author and biotech CEO, and created by Hanson Robotics Inc., android BINA48 is designed as a social being, representing a mix of memories, values, beliefs from the real person on whom she is based (Bina Aspen, co-founder of the Terasem Movement), and new experiences gained through interactions with others. @officialbina48


Bruce Duncan, M.Ed., is Managing Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation Inc., where he is responsible for Bina48’s ongoing development, and a wide range of projects and activities investigating the first step in the Terasem Hypothesis: “a conscious analog of a person may be created by combining sufficiently detailed data about the person…using future consciousness software.”

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