Martine Rothblatt, founder of Sirius XM Radio and founder and CEO of United Therapeutics who was just recently named the highest paid female CEO in America talks to us about her newest book, "Virtually Human" and the role that mindclones have in our future.
Q1: What's been the biggest lesson you've learned in business?
Martine Rothblatt: Persistence is omnipotence.
Q2: The recent New York Magazine piece was such a great feature on both you and your family. How does it feel to be the highest paid female CEO in the US, and what advice would you give to others seeking new heights in their businesses or industries?
MR: It feels rather unreal because it is based on stock option values that require our stock to rise about $40 per share in price, not actual salary that for me is about 5% as much and would probably not qualify me to be in even to 100 female CEOs. However, my advice is to meet an unmet need in a practical, reliable fashion, and to not give up until your goal is achieved.
Q3: In your book, "Virtually Human," you mention that we need to figure out the mindclone thing right now, and that through this debate, we will learn about ourselves, our psychology, our consciousness, and our souls. How far away do you think society is from seeing mindclones all around us, all the time?
MR: I believe it is as close to us in time, and will become as ubiquitous despite being as unbelievable that ubiquity would occur, as the birth of the Apple computer in 1982.
Q4: From a business perspective, how do you think Mindclones will be perceived in the future? For example, when they apply for jobs, will humans remain competitive?
MR: I believe Mindclones will be humans albeit without bodies, and thus we will remain competitive albeit as Mindclones. Similarly, we remain competitive for most jobs provided we are IT capable -- smartphone, laptop or computer capable.
Q5: What's the one thing you'd hope for the average reader to take away from your recent book, Virtually Human?
MR: It is crucial to treat everyone with dignity, meaning respecting the value they have for their life, whether their skintone is different or they have no skin at all, and whether they immigrate from another geographical space like central America our from cyberspace like Mindclones. There are tried and true methods in law and psychology to judge the consciousness of Mindclones.