Advisory Board

Dr. Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D, MBA, J.D. is an American lawyer, author, and entrepreneur. Her most recent book is Virtually Human: The Promise — and the Peril — of Digital Immortality. She started United Therapeutics (NASDAQ: UTHR) in 1996 and has served as Chairman & CEO since its inception. The company develops and/or commercializes unique analogs of natural molecules for cardiopulmonary disorders, novel monoclonal antibodies for certain cancers, small glycobiologicals for infectious diseases, telemedical services (including for International Space Station astronauts) and nutriceuticals.
Prior to starting United Therapeutics, in 1990 she created Sirius Satellite Radio and served as its first Chairman & CEO. She also initiated and led the effort to get the Federal Communications Commission to create the satellite radio service in which both Sirius and XM operate, based on underutilized frequencies and the novel concept of using GPS-type antennas for digital audio.

    President Clinton Receives Two Stars for Peace from Martine Rothblatt at Deutsche Bank 2005 Health Care Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
Prior to starting Sirius, Martine served as President & CEO of Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill’s satellite navigation company, Geostar. The satellite system she launched in 1986 continues to operate today, providing service to certain government agencies. During this period she also partnered the first automatic vehicle location systems for public transit as well as founded a global satellite system called ‘WorldSpace’ to replace shortwave radio and provide tele-education services to people in developing countries.
Her career in satellite communications began in 1980 with her MBA thesis, PanAmSat, which formed the basis of the first private international satellite system. She led the effort to get PanAmSat initially financed and approved. This satellite system ultimately became the world’s largest after being acquired by Hughes and Intelsat.
Martine’s public service activities include representing the radio astronomy community in its efforts to secure quiet frequency bands for astrophysical research, developing improved medical ethics for transgender health service providers, and leading the International Bar Association’s effort to provide the United Nations with a Human Genome Treaty. Her publications include five books and over fifty peer-reviewed articles. Martine graduated from UCLA with a combined law and MBA degree in 1981.
    Martine Presents Two Stars for Peace to Gen. Colin Powell at Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
She is the author of books on satellite communications technology Radiodetermination Satellite Services and Standards, gender freedom Apartheid of Sex, genomics Unzipped Genes: Taking Charge of Baby-Making in the New Millennium, xenotransplantation Your Life or Mine: How Geoethics Can Resolve the Conflict Between Public and Private Interests in Xenotransplantation, and the Middle East peace process Two Stars for Peace: The Case for Using U.S. Statehood to Achieve Lasting Peace in the Middle East. She coauthored Inside the Minds: The Pharmaceutical Industry: Leading CEOs on Drug Development, Product Differentiation and the Future of Specialty Pharma. She also cyberscripted and produced one of the first cybermuseums, the World Against Racism Museum.
In 2004, Martine launched the Terasem Movement which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity endowed for the purpose of educating the public on the practicality and necessity of greatly extending human life, consistent with diversity and unity, via geoethical nanotechnology and personal cyberconsciousness. This charity hosts the Annual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology and the Annual Colloquium on the Law of Transhuman Persons.
Terasem publishes the journal The Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology which explores economic, political, social and technological aspects of the developing technology of molecular nanotechnology. The Journal invites submissions on controversial topics such as self-replication and governance. It also publishes the journal The Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness which explores the mathematical, physical, engineering (hardware, software, firmware), philosophical, psychological, biological, socioeconomic, and juridical aspects of non-flesh based consciousness, such as could arise from an advanced machine-based computer. Submissions to both journals are encouraged. Learn more!
The Terasem Movement has created, a free online networking and personal data storage service that will “preserve one’s individual consciousness so that it remains viable for possible uploading with consciousness software into a cellular regenerated or bionanotechnological body by future medicine and technology.”
Users can upload up to 7 GB of “mindfiles”, including videos, pictures, music and documents, which can be viewed by other “lifenauts”. A Social Connections page allows users to create a sociogram showing connections to people they have met over the course of their life.
Terasem has created CyBeRev. CyBeRev means cybernetic beingness revival. The purpose of the CyBeRev project is to prevent death by preserving sufficient digital information about a person so that recovery remains possible by foreseeable technology.
Learn about Martine’s film that is scheduled for release in 2008, TransBeMan – Into the Light, a techno-fable set in the near future. The film stars James Remar (Dexter, Sex In The City, The Warriors), Kevin Corrigan (The Departed, Goodfellas) and new screen sensation Jane Kim (West 32nd Street) as Mia 2.0 the TransbeMan.
Download the free Arabic and Hebrew Translations of Two Stars for Peace. Watch Legal Rights of Conscious Computers, Forms of Transhuman Persons and The Importance of Prior Resolution of Relevant Law: A Comparison with the Law of Outer Space, and Why Transbemans in Biostasis are Alive. Learn about Terasem Motion InfoCulture’s feature film The Singularity is Near: A True Story About the Future.