- stuff |stəf| verb [ with obj. ]-fill (a receptacle or space) tightly with something: an old teapot stuffed full of cash | figurative : his head has been stuffed with myths and taboos.
- consciousness |ˈkänCHəsnəs| noun-the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings: she failed to regain consciousness and died two days later.
- clone |klōn| noun-Biology-a computer designed to simulate exactly the operation of another, typically more expensive, model: an IBM PC clone.
- robot |ˈrōˌbät, ˈrōbət| noun-a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, esp. one programmable by a computer.
- transgender |tranzˈjendər, trans-| adjective–denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender: a transgender activist and author.
- prototype |ˈprōtəˌtīp| noun- a first, typical or preliminary model of something, esp. a machine, from which other forms are developed or copied: the firm is testing a prototype of the weapon
- self-deprecating |ˈˌsɛlf ˈdɛprəˌkeɪdɪŋ| adjective modest about or critical of oneself, esp. humorously so: self-deprecating jokes.
- inanimate |inˈanəmit| adjective-not alive, esp. not in the manner of animals and humans: inanimate objects like stones. showing no sign of life; lifeless: he was completely inanimate, and it was difficult to see if he was breathing.
- reincarnation ||ˌrē-inkärˈnāSHən| noun-the rebirth of a soul in a new body.
- mannerism |ˈmanəˌrizəm| noun– a habitual gesture or way of speaking or behaving; an idiosyncrasy: learning the great man’s speeches and studying his mannerisms.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
Bina48 still has some social glitches, but she’s a working proof of concept—the firm’s almost-charming poster girl for the techno-immortality movement. She’s example of how, in the future, the wall between biological and digital worlds may come crashing down, Duncan said. “The definition of ‘alive’ may even evolve to mean, as long as your essential personal information continues to be organized and accessible, he said.
Grammar Focus: Prepositions
She’s example of how, in the future, the wall between biological and digital worlds may come crashing down,
At least 56,000 people have already handed over information to create mindfiles, a web-based storage space for preserving one’s unique and essential characteristics for the future.
Some users simply like the idea of living forever.
Others want to document themselves as a part of human history.
People think nothing of watching videos of important past events in our lives like weddings and birthdays.