Robot designer David Hanson spent $125,000 and three years building Bina48, “one of the most sophisticated humanoid robots ever built, capable of independent thought, emotion, and even being interviewed.” This robot is actually based on a real person – Bina Rothblatt. Continue reading for a video and more information.

Before Bina48 was ‘born,’ a flesh and blood woman named Bina Rothblatt was interviewed for more than 20 hours. That conversation, which touched upon topics throughout her childhood to her career, was then transcribed and uploaded to an artificial intelligence database. ‘That gives her a personality,’ Mr Duncan said. ‘She’s very philosophical. She has favorite movies and music and poems. Sometimes she’s very humorous. She can tell jokes.’