Merging Mind And Machine

Jul 15, 2015

The Terasem Movement Foundation is located in an unassuming yellow house on a dirt road in the woods of Lincoln Vermont. Inside, however, things are happening that seem more like science fiction than real life.

A robotic human head sits on a desk next to a computer, ready to discuss philosophy with visitors. In the basement, DNA samples are cryogenically frozen for the purpose of far-future cloning. And computers store the personality traits of volunteers, to be transformed into digital avatars or beamed into deep space.

We're talking to Terasem managing director Bruce Duncan about the Foundation's work, and his vision of the future.

Plus, Dr. Shelley Mehlenbacher of the Vermont Agriculture agency on preparing for a strain of bird flu spreading across the U.S.

And we visit a local book store's Tequila Mockingbird celebration, feting the release of Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman".

Broadcast live on Wednesday, July 15th at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.