Lifeboat News #116

#116

Lifeboat News

This issue published on 03/01/12. Copyright 2012 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Humanity+ @ Melbourne Conference

Our Aubrey de Grey and Natasha Vita-More will be speaking at the Humanity+ @ Melbourne conference being held on May 5–6, 2012. This conference is being organized by our Adam A. Ford.
 
Learn more at http://hplusconf.com.au/

Removing Orbital Debris With Lasers

Read “Removing Orbital Debris with Lasers” which was coauthored by our Claude Phipps at http://arxiv.org/abs/1110.3835v1

Abundance: the Future is Better Than You Think

Read “Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think”, coauthored by our Steven Kotler at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/145161...51614217

Videos

Watch robot quadrotors perform the James Bond theme at http://lifeboat.com/ex/videos#james_bond

Blog

Some interesting blog posts include:
 
“Beyond the outer limits: colonizing the cosmos” by Daniel Berleant at http://lifeboat.com/blog/2012/03/beyond...e-cosmos
 
“Establishing an Off-Earth Back-up of the Biosphere” by John Hunt at http://lifeboat.com/blog/2012/03/establ...iosphere
 
“The Neutron Star Paradox: Immunity to Micro Black Hole Capture” by Tom Kerwick at http://lifeboat.com/blog/2012/03/the-ne...-capture

Growing Board

Billy Cohn, who developed and implanted the world’s first artificial heart with no pulse, joins our Biotech/Medical Board. Billy has over 50 US patents for medical devices which help surgeons operate on a beating heart, a task thought to be impossible for many years. His Cohn Cardiac Stabilizer was licensed by Genzyme Surgical and has been used in over 200,000 off-pump coronary artery bypasses.
 
Read his bio at http://lifeboat.com/ex/bios.william.e.cohn
 
David Ferrucci, Principal Investigator of IBM’s DeepQA (“Watson”) Project, joins our Information Sciences Board. Watson defeated the best human Jeopardy! champions in a 3 day contest. Watch “Building Watson — A Brief Overview of the DeepQA Project” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G2H3DZ8rNc
 
Read Dave’s bio at http://lifeboat.com/ex/bios.david.a.ferrucci

Facebook

Our Facebook group now has over 1,100 members. Join our discussions at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lifeboatfoundation

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since our last newsletter:
 
Donald Maclean: $3,000, Michael Dickey: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, Brandon E. Larson: $50, Tom Driscoll: $30, Rick Hubbard: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Anonymous: $10, James Bracken: $10, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, George Garrett: $10, Charles Hawk: $10, Tom Kerwick: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Glenn A. Miller: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Roland Schiefer: $10, Benjamin T. Solomon: $10, and Ryan Witt: $10.
 
Our Join Us page at https://lifeboat.com/ex/join.us now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.