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Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 16:22:04 –0700 (PDT)
From: David Brin
Subject: Re: Novel
To: Lifeboat Foundation Administration
 
Sure. Just remind me in six months that the NAME should be “lifeboat.”
 
thrive
 
—- Lifeboat Foundation Administration wrote:
 
> David,
>
> “I plan to feature Lifeboat Foundation in my next novel!”
>
> Hey, can we repeat this?
>
> Eric Klien
> Lifeboat Foundation
 


Saturday January 5 8:49 PM ET 2002
Life Beyond 2001 for Arthur C. Clarke
By Scott McDonald
 
COLOMBO (Reuters) – There is life beyond 2001 for Arthur C. Clarke. The visionary, science fiction sage and eccentric has just turned 84. But the author of “2001, A Space Odyssey” still has an eye on the future while also enjoying his past delicious premonitions.
 
Now confined to a wheelchair, Clarke stays in touch with the world from a high-tech den in his home in an exclusive residential area in the center of Colombo.
 
“It is sort of a sigh of relief rather than a let-down,” he said of the end of 2001, which brought a re-release of the movie, plus numerous special events for Clarke, widely acclaimed as a prophet of the space age.
 
Clarke is probably most famous to the general public for ”2001,” which became a film classic and won him an Oscar nomination with director Stanley Kubrick in 1968, but is also a legend in the scientific and space communities for forecasting many of the extraordinary achievements of the past century. They include a then controversial 1945 theory of a world linked by geostationary satellites, 20 years before they were actually made, and the fact man would land on the moon.
 
“Ten other guys could have written the paper on satellites a year later in 1946, I think I’ll be known for ‘2001’ and the books,” said Clarke who suffers from post-polio syndrome.
 
The author of more than 80 books and 500 short stories and articles, both fiction and non-fiction, Clarke is considered the world’s pre-eminent science fiction writer and, along with others such as Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov, has transformed the genre from the fringe into mainstream literature.
 
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While talking, Clarke will reel around to glance at his email — “I try not to check more than once an hour” — or his assistant will interrupt to bring in a fax, including one on a recent day from media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. Clarke’s home is set behind a high wall and he shares it with his business manager and the manager’s family.
 
Clarke’s marriage in the 1950s ended in a divorce and he has made the manager’s family of three daughters his adopted family. “It was the sea that brought me here,” he said of his first visits in the early 1950s to the island then called Ceylon for diving off the coast of Trincomalee.
 
Clarke, who was knighted in 1998, has lived in Sri Lanka for more than 40 years and his home includes what he jokingly called his “ego chamber” filled with photos of him with Prince Charles, the Pope and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.
 
Clarke loves to joke, loves to name-drop and loves to make fun of his name-dropping.
 
“Name-dropping is vulgar as I told the Queen last week,” he joked.
 
But Clarke, dressed in the traditional Sri Lankan costume of a shirt and sarong, takes great pride in showing an amazing collection of mementos from almost every trailblazing astronaut, and from an array of Hollywood stars.
 
“To Arthur, who visualized the nuances of lunar flying long before I experienced them,” Armstrong wrote in one volume in a bookcase full of similarly inscribed books.
 
While thanks from the space community could be expected, there is also the unpredictable, such as an autographed photo from actress Elizabeth Taylor, and several from Tom Hanks, including one from his Apollo 13 movie. Although physically a lot more frail and worried about being more forgetful, Clarke is still active and upbeat.
 
“I’m pretty lucky really, I don’t very often get depressed,” he said.
 
“My agent is setting up a few things which I may or may not do, and I’ve got a few books I will contribute ideas to.”
 
But Clarke does show signs of his age — he turned 84 on December 16 — and stops every few minutes to suck in deep breaths.
 
“I have to sleep up to 14 hours a day and the remaining time is spent doing email.”
 
He still occasionally leans on a table tennis table to play.
 
“One game of table tennis tires me out and I used to play for hours,” he said of one of his lasting hobbies.
 
Clarke is upbeat that this century will bring breakthroughs in new forms of energy such as cold fusion or hot fission, but refused to say what his worst fear for the world was. “This terrorism is a frightful danger and it is hard to see how we can get complete protection from it,” he said in a voice that still carries a trace of Somerset, England, where he was born.
 
He admits he has written so much that he has probably contradicted himself many times, and no longer bothers to correct errors by others, such as the common one that HAL, the famous computer with feelings in “2001,” gets its name from each letter being one place before IBM in the alphabet.
 
And he admits to being spooked by the fact in 1973 when he wrote “Rendezvous with Rama” he picked September 11, the same date as the attacks on the United States, as the date when an asteroid hits earth.
 
“There was one chance in 365, that’s all,” he said of picking the date.
 
Clarke has stopped traveling off the island, although he appeared by satellite at the Comdex Exhibition in Las Vegas in November and in a videotape message at a gala dinner in his honor at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles the same month. The celebrity guest list included Hanks, director James Cameron, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a close friend who visited Sri Lanka last year.
 


Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 09:10:53 –0500
From: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Subject: Re: AsteroidShield — PS
 
Here is a link to my website, and the book below:
http://research.amnh.org/users/tyson/
http://research.amnh.org/users/tyson/DeathByBlackHole.php
 
-Neil
 
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And may I offer a quote of my own?
 
“If humans one day become extinct from a catastrophic collision, there would be no greater tragedy in the history of life in the universe. Not because we lacked the brain power to protect ourselves but because we lacked the foresight. The dominant species that replaces us in post-apocalyptic Earth just might wonder, as they gaze upon our mounted skeletons in their natural history musems, why large headed Homo sapiens fared no better than the proverbially peabrained dinosaurs.”
 
Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries, (New York: W. W. Norton) 2007
 
Best,
 
NDTyson
 
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Neil deGrasse Tyson
http://research.amnh.org/users/tyson
 


From: “Ray Kurzweil”
To: “‘Lifeboat Foundation Administration’”
Subject: RE: Doomsday Weapon
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 12:47:06 –0500
 
Eric,
 
Clearly when lots of people have the potential to release a doomsday weapon we will need a defensive system – an immune system. We are already there wrg biotech – perhaps not millions of people but there are tens of thousands who have the knowledge and tools to create and release a destructive biological virus. As we have discussed — and agree — we should be doing much more to develop the defenses. In addition to RNAi, there is a new technology of vaccines based on just using the exposed antigens on the surface of a virus. This would be totally safe and effective.
 
As for our beliefs being hard coded, I do find it curious why some people — even brilliant people — are simply unable to get their mental arms around the concept of exponential growth and acceleration of technology and are stuck in the mud with linear perspectives.
 
Best,
 
Ray
 


Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 13:30:09 –0700 (PDT)
From: Ray Solomonoff
Subject: Re: AGI-10

Fine! — Count me in:

The Lifeboat problem becomes more and more critical as our technology “progresses”.

                                                                                                                          ~~~Ray Solomonoff.