Summary of current Lifeboat Foundation activities
1) We launched three books.
The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen — and What to
Do, Third Edition by Daniel Berleant. Read the paperback and Kindle versions.
“Imaginative yet substantive, readable yet science oriented, and occasionally humorous, this book proposes future scenarios spanning from the current century to nearly eternity. Most chapters offer a concluding section with recommendations.”
Visions of the Future edited by J. Daniel Batt.
Read the paperback and
“In Visions of the Future you’ll find stories and essays about artificial intelligence, androids, faster-than-light travel, and the extension of human life. You’ll read about the future of human institutions and culture. But these literary works are more than just a reprisal of the classical elements of science fiction and futurism. At their core, each of these pieces has one consistent, repeated theme: us.”
Prospects for Human Survival
by Willard H. Wells.
Read the paperback and
“Advanced technologies such as computers, genetics, nanotech, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) are progressing at an accelerating pace. Wells shows that the pace is too rapid for us to safely adapt. He makes a strong case for developing friendly superhuman AI as quickly as possible, hopefully a nurturing artificial overlord that will protect us from ourselves. The danger is that it will not be as friendly as we hope, but the alternative is unacceptable risk.”
The Lifeboat Foundation supported 25 conferences this year. They included:
Our Itamar Arel, Joscha Bach, Eric Baum, Antonio Chella, Stan Franklin, Deon Garrett, Ben Goertzel, Marcus Hutter, Matthew Iklé, Randal Koene, Kai-Uwe Kühnberger, Moshe Looks, Alexey Potapov, Rafal Rzepka, Jürgen Schmidhuber, Bas Steunebrink, Claes Strannegård, Frank Sudia, Julian Togelius, Viktoras Veitas, Pei Wang, David Weinbaum (Weaver), and Roman Yampolskiy participated in The Eighth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI-15) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany.
This conference gathers an international group of leading academic and industry researchers involved in scientific and engineering work aimed directly toward the goal of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).
The Lifeboat Foundation had the following people speak at WorldFuture 2015 in San Francisco: Guy J. Ale, Rosa Alegria, Janna Anderson, Nicklas Bergman, Peter Bishop, Sergio Bitar, Brenda Cooper, José Cordeiro, Christopher Cordey, William Crossman, Simone Di Zio, Mike Dover, Elizabeth Florescu, Cindy Frewen, Joyce Gioia, Jerome C. Glenn, Michael Glock, Ted Gordon, Linda Groff, Trevor Haldenby, Glen Hiemstra, Rodney Hill, Andrew Hines, David Houle, Zhouying Jin, Jim Kadtke, Ted Kahn, Justin Kugler, James Lee, Tom Lombardo, Matthew Manos, Kate McCallum, Sam Miller, Teresa Mishler, Ramez Naam, Joe Pelton, Jeremy Pesner, Paul Saffo, John Schmidt, Eric Schurr, Gray Scott, Yair Sharan, Rick Smyre, Jason Swanson, Mariana Todorova, Roey Tzezana, John Watts, Aubrey Yee, Michael Zey, and Ibon Zugasti.
Our José Cordeiro also lead a dinner for our members and their guests at WorldFuture 2015.
The Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference 2015 (RB2015) was held at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport. This conference featured the latest research on diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, cardiovascular disease and also discussed regulatory, financial, and economic issues.
Our Maria Entraigues Abramson, Judith Campisi, Anne Corwin, Aubrey de Grey, Leonid Gavrilov, Jeffrey Karp, Chris Mason, Stephen Minger, Kevin Perrott, Maximus Peto, Evan Snyder, David Spiegel, Rudolph Tanzi, and Jan Vijg spoke/participated.
3) The Lifeboat Foundation worked with ten other organizations including the National Space Society and the Space Frontier Foundation to launch a new strategic alliance for space development and commerce named the Alliance for Space Development (ASD).
“We are pushing very specific pieces of legislation,” Charles Miller, executive coordinator of ASD, said at a press conference at the 2325 Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC announcing the formation of the group.
Perhaps the most ambitious part of the ASD agenda is a proposed “Cheap Access to Space Act” that would offer $3.5 billion in government prizes for the development of reusable launch vehicles. Those prizes include, in a draft version of the bill provided by ASD, $1 billion to the first fully reusable vehicle that can place at least one metric ton into orbit and fly again a week later.
Charles said the proposed bill is based on the belief that economics, and not technology, has inhibited the development of reusable launchers. “We have, in most respects, the fundamental technology,” he said. “We think the number one issue is closing the business case.” A large prize, he said, would incentivize development of reusable launch vehicles.
ASD has already lined up a sponsor for another element of its agenda. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) has agreed to introduce a bill that would amend the National Aeronautics and Space Act to make space settlement and development an official national purpose. “That will be introduced soon,” Charles said. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) is also supporting ASD.
Learn about the Alliance for Space Development!
4) Our David Evans, Philip T. Metzger, and Robert Zubrin worked together to create the video STEM Iraq: Colonization of Moon and Mars. This video was filmed with Kurdish students in Erbil City, Iraq while ISIS was being battled back from the gates of this city.
The follow up video was titled Galaxy and Star formation.
5) Do you have a project that would benefit from the advice and input of our advisory board members? If so, send an email with the subject “Lifeboat Foundation Projects” to [email protected]
Our goal is $25,000. Help us make 2016 our best year yet.