Our David Brin’s new novel Existence mentions our many programs. Watch the trailer for this book at http://vimeo.com/41734476 Learn more about the book at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/076530...65303612 Discuss it at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lifeboa...7433455/
AGI-12 @ Oxford
The Fifth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence, AGI-12 @
Oxford, will be held December 8–11, 2012. Appropriately for this Alan
Turing centenary year, this is the first AGI conference to be held in
the UK. Our Itamar Arel, Stuart Armstrong, Joscha Bach, Antonio Chella,
Stan Franklin, Rod Furlan, Deon Garrett, Ben Goertzel, J. Storrs Hall,
Marcus Hutter, Matthew O. Iklé, Randal Koene, Kai-Uwe Kühnberger,
Christian Lebiere, Moshe Looks, David Orban, Stephen Reed, Anders
Sandberg, Jürgen Schmidhuber, Kristinn R. Thórisson, and Julian Togelius
will be participating.
Learn more at http://agi-conf.org/2012/
Virtual Orbital Space Settlement
Kepler Space Institute, in cooperation with Space Pioneers and InWorldz,
is offering classes aboard a Virtual Orbital Space Settlement — online
instruction in cyberspace hypothetically hundreds of kilometers above
The VOSS, a realistic virtual environment, was developed by Kim Peart, an Australian visual artist and veteran supporter of space exploration and development, with the assistance of Dr. Jennifer Bolton, working under the banner of Space Pioneers.
The first such classes will be Moon Colonization 101, The Overview Effect, and Law of Space Abundance.
Learn more at http://keplerspaceinstitute.org/
The God Problem
Our Howard Bloom needs your help to promote the book “The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates” at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/187...tes-book
Safety In Space
Our Rand Simberg needs your help to rationalize our approach to safety in space at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/196...n-space/
Nobel Laureate Richard J. Roberts joins our Policy Board. Rich was
awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of introns in
eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene-splicing.
Read his bio at http://lifeboat.com/ex/bios.richard.j.roberts
Our James Shaughnessy’s film “Technopolis Now” just got accepted into the Breckinridge Film Festival and will be screening in Breckinridge, Colorado on June 6–7. Watch its trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7czYDJ4w...e=relmfu
Read “Accelerating Evolution 1: the Prehistory of Earth” by Daniel
Read “Beyond the Heliosheath: ISM Traverse & The Local Fluff” by Tom Kerwick at http://lifeboat.com/blog/2012/05/beyond...al-fluff
Read “Consideration for Sub-Millisecond Pulsars (or the Lack Thereof)” by Tom Kerwick at http://lifeboat.com/blog/2012/05/consid...-thereof
Read “OpenOffice / LibreOffice & A Warning For Futurists” by Keith Curtis at http://lifeboat.com/blog/2012/05/openof...uturists
Read “Will Student Loans Cause an Economic Armageddon?” by Jake Mann at http://lifeboat.com/blog/2012/05/will-s...mageddon
Our Facebook group now has nearly 1,400 members. Join our discussions at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lifeboatfoundation
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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.