End of the Year Fundraiser

Chris Haley, Donald Maclean, and McKesson are working together to triple all donations made by January 10, 2020. (This was Chris Haley’s final wish.)
 
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Summary of current Lifeboat Foundation activities
 
1) Lifeboat Foundation is now a Partner of Arch Mission Foundation whose mission is to preserve and disseminate humanity’s most important information across time and space, for the benefit of future generations. Other partners include the Internet Archive, The Long Now Foundation, and Microsoft.
 
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2) We would like to congratulate our Alan Stern for his accomplishment of New Horizons traveling 4 billion miles from Earth in the farthest flyby ever. Alan is Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons probe which rang in the new year by swinging by Ultima Thule — “beyond the known world” — an object in the Kuiper asteroid belt.
 
The spacecraft passed within 2,200 miles of the large asteroid at 12:33 a.m. EST Tuesday, not long after the ball dropped in New York Times Square. The close encounter marks the farthest spacecraft flyby in history.
 
“We set a record! Never before has a spacecraft explored something so far away,” Alan said. “I mean, think of it. We’re a billion miles further than Pluto, and now we’re going to keep going into the Kuiper Belt.”
 
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3) We now have a mobile version of our site. Check out https://lifeboat.com with your phone and let us know if anything needs fixing. Send your input to [email protected] with the subject “Lifeboat Foundation Mobile”.
 
4) Our Amara D. Angelica, Frank J. Boehm, Robert A. Freitas Jr., Steven A. Garan, Tad Hogg, Nuno R. B. Martins, Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld, Yuriy Svidinenko, and Melanie Swan coauthored Human Brain/Cloud Interface.
 
This paper describes how neuralnanorobotics may enable a B/CI with controlled connectivity between neural activity and external data storage and processing, via the direct monitoring of the brain’s ~86 × 109 neurons and ~2 × 1014 synapses.
 
5) Here’s an update on a little girl with brain cancer who we advised on…
 
Tara Huckle got brain cancer when she was two. You can read about this at https://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/book-bid-to-tell-the-story-of-daughter-s-battle-with-cancer-1-5522306 and https://web.archive.org/web/20131003031619/https://www.tarastale.org.
 
She had been operated on twice before her father contacted Lifeboat Foundation in 2012 when she was five. After consulting with multiple people on our Scientific Advisory Board, it was decided to try to avoid chemotherapy and she was operated on a third time in the seated position in another attempt to get all of the tumor which kept regrowing.
 
Unfortunately this didn’t stop the tumor and she had a fourth operation a year later. This also didn’t stop the tumor as it came back in two spots so she had a year of weekly doses of Vinblastine, which she seemed to tolerate well. She has been stable since for the last three years. (Her father says she is happy and healthy.)
 
So Tara first had brain cancer at age two and is now 12. We’ll post any updates that occur. Note that the tumor is considered benign although it has proven to be very persistent.
 
6) Lifeboat Foundation supported the production of the scifi short film When Fire Flies through Indiegogo at the Associate Producer level. This film is about a quiet, fugitive scientist who takes measures into his own hands to save the world from extinction. Lifeboat Foundation and its directors have granted $7,500 to this movie.
 
Learn more!
 
7) Our Baron Martin Rees has written the report Apollo 11 50th Anniversary.
 
This report discusses the importance of Apollo 11 and how it can lead to us colonizing first Mars and then later, the galaxy.
 
Baron Martin Rees is Astronomer Royal and is a leading astrophysicist. He has conducted influential theoretical work on subjects as diverse as black hole formation and extragalactic radio sources, and provided key evidence to contradict the Steady State theory of the evolution of the Universe.
 
Learn more!
 
8) Our José Cordeiro authored the special report Big Chronology of Life on Earth.
 
To put into perspective a complete chronology and evolution of life on our tiny planet Earth, José summarizes the most relevant information from the very distant past to our immediate future. His objective is to reach a better understanding about the long-term evolution of life, including the power of exponential changes.
 
Big History is a new discipline that allows us to analyze with a multidisciplinary focus the way events follow each other throughout time. Starting with a huge time scale from the faraway past to the present, we can see that there is an acceleration of the speed of changes, that should continue now thanks to exponential technologies.
 
9) Books
 
Read 3 Essays on Virtual Reality: Overlords, Civilization, and Escape by our Eliott Edge. Read Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind by our Susan Schneider. Read Assembling Life: How Can Life Begin on Earth and Other Habitable Planets? by our David W. Deamer. Read Cybofree: Posthuman Bioethics for a Sustainable Humanity. by our V.R. Manoj. Read Exponential Ethics by our Nicoletta Iacobacci. Read On the Future: Prospects for Humanity by our Martin Rees. Read Principles of Space Anthropology: Establishing a Science of Human Space Settlement by our Cameron Smith.
 
9) Lifeboat Tours are now available in Reno, Nevada where our President also lives. We welcome Lifeboat Foundation visitors to visit us in Reno. Contact [email protected] with the subject “Lifeboat Foundation Reno” to make arrangements. We have a guest room (and bathroom).
 
10) Lifeboat Foundation Conference support
 
The Lifeboat Foundation supported countless conferences this year. They included: 11) Lifeboat Foundation sponsored a breakfast on Saturday, October 5th, during RAADfest at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109), Conference Center Room 8, at 9:30am.
 
Free food included:
 
Fresh strawberry yogurt & home-made granola
 
Breakfast tacos with pico de gallo salsa
 
Heart healthy muffins and fruit breads with apple butter
 
Assorted cereals with berries and fruit
 
Grilled garden vegetables and egg white frittata
 
A big bowl of berries and fruit
 
Drinks included: Gourmet brewed coffee, herbal tea assortment, and fresh juices.
 
Participants enjoyed stimulating conversations with Lifeboat members!
 
12) As our contribution to Twitter Philanthropy, Lifeboat Foundation is giving away $1,000 to one person who both retweets our tweet at https://twitter.com/LifeboatHQ/status/1199614115649425409 plus is following us. Deadline to retweet is Dec 31, 2019.
 
13) Our site has become a source of information for so many people that the Internet Archive has had multiple months this year where they archived us every day of the month.
 
Learn more at https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://lifeboat.com/!
 
14) 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 2020 our best year yet.

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