Date: October 10, 2019
I’d be happy to answer these questions. In brief:
Jeanette Porter was initially a LifeMedia client. After her sister passed away, she purchased a basic upload program and an OctPrism chassis, which her sister’s mind was uploaded to immediately following her death. She is also a highly accomplished copywriter with many years of advertising experience in the medical technologies field. It was pure coincidence that she was the best candidate for the job, and we were pleased to have her.
I believe your list of attendees for the Tax Day event is correct. Allow me to mention, however, that this was not a LifeMedia sanctioned meeting. It was a support group for new BrightBox users and their survivors. That is to say, immediate family only.
Though our employee [redacted] was present, it was only in an informal capacity, and not as a representative of our organization. I cannot speak to his current involvement with LifeMedia at this time. I will get back to you.
Your list of BrightBoxes is correct. Except, keep in mind that Binny Thompson’s BrightBox was already nonfunctioning at that point in time, so he cannot be properly stated to have been ‘present’.
Carlton Avers and Andrea Smith were my parents. They founded the LifeMedia company in Peoria, Illinois in 1997. Originally, they made prosthetics and ocular implants. My relationship with both was cordial. When my father suffered a stroke, I took over the company. My mother died in the summer of 2016.
LifeMedia did have external back-up copies of our client’s minds, but when the BrightBox users hacked into our network on Tax Day, they downloaded everything and wiped our hard drives. Many of these back-up files were already corrupted beyond usability.
As for your final batch of questions: we were not legally compelled to do anything. Every settlement was reached on an individual basis in civil court. We reclaimed as many BrightBox units as possible and restored them to our warehouses. They were destroyed in early 2016.
I must point out, though, that the majority of users’ families did not seek legal redress for what happened. They recognized that the systems failure was not our doing.
If someone with a prosthetic leg decides to use their new limb to jump of a bridge, it is not the prosthetic company’s fault. Similarly, we are not responsible for what a mind chooses to do inside BrightBox after it has been uploaded.
That’s all I can say on the matter, really; I still don’t know why our users did what they did.
CEO, LifeMedia Solutions — “Free Minds and Media Since 1997”