Summer Growth Fundraiser

Update! — Peg Kay will double all donations!
 
We are launching our Summer Growth Fundraiser later than normal this year as we’ve been swamped working to complete some big projects.
 
Our donation form is after the summary of our activities.
 
Summary of current Lifeboat Foundation activities
 
1) We are implementing AI programs to dramatically improve our social media presence. They are doing many tasks such as: 1) reading relevant posts from our Facebook group 2) posting those posts to our blog including putting the posts in the correct categories 3) posting those posts in our LinkedIn group by pretending to be a human and using LinkedIn’s human interface 4) posting those posts to our Twitter feed after identifying the most relevant picture to be assigned to each tweet and creating a concise title for the tweet 5) posting those posts to our Google+ page 6) and finally posting those posts to our Facebook page.
 
Our AI programs also read in posts from other sources such as Maria Konovalenko’s blog. They often have to do tasks such as read the HTML on a page to determine how to complete a partial paragraph that the page in question has identified as a summary of the page. Note that Facebook posts don’t have titles so our AI programs have to generate a title for each post after reading the posts from Facebook.
 
We plan to use our improved social media presence to promote our upcoming books, conferences, and other relevant activities. If you have anything that you want us to promote for you, send an email with the subject “Lifeboat Foundation Social Media” to [email protected]
 
2) Our books Visions of the Future, Prospects for Human Survival, and the 3rd edition of The Human Race to the Future are almost ready to be published.
 
We are pleased to report that David Brin has just completed an afterword for Visions of the Future. View the latest cover of Visions of the Future (which is a monster 650 pages!).
 
View the latest cover for Prospects for Human Survival.
 
View the latest cover for the 3rd edition of The Human Race to the Future.
 
We wish to thank J. Daniel Batt for his hard work in editing Visions of the Future and creating the covers for all three books.
 
3) 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.
 
4) Recent Lifeboat Foundation conference support
 
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, Julian Togelius, Viktoras Veitas, Pei Wang, David Weinbaum (Weaver), and Roman Yampolskiy participated in The Eighth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI-15) which was held July 22–25, 2015 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 which was held July 24–26, 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 on Saturday, July 25 at 6–8pm.
 
5) 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!
 
6) We are looking for aerospace groups that would like their concept animated. This can be anything from the colonization of Mars to space planes. Last year’s project was the Lunar-based Space Elevator for LiftPort.
 
General rules for these animations are: 1) The students are fully credited for their work. 2) We need someone from the group to provide technical assistance so the animations are as accurate as possible. This may include weekly emails or Skype sessions. We need someone who is reliable. 3) These animations typically go to nonprofit organizations.
 
If you are interested, email [email protected] with the subject “Lifeboat Foundation Animations”.
 
7) 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 to raise $25,000.
 
Help us meet our goal so we can “flower” this summer!

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