Lifeboat News #104


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 03/01/11. Copyright 2011 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

WorldFuture 2011: Improved Lineup

WorldFuture 2011: Moving from Vision to Action will be held July 8-10, 2011 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel in Vancouver, Canada. We have improved our lineup to include Michael Anissimov, Lawrence Baines, Marcus Barber, Peter Bishop, Joseph F. Coates, José Luis Cordeiro, Aubrey de Grey, Jay E. Gary, Jerome C. Glenn, Linda MacDonald Glenn, Linda Groff, William E. Halal, Kenneth Harris, Rodney Hill, Barbara Marx Hubbard, John Jackson, Jim Kadtke, Ted M. Kahn, Richard Lamb, Bud Levin, Tom Lombardo, Victoria McGrath, Ramez Naam, Ruben Nelson, Leslie Schneider, Rick Smyre, Dave Stein, and Cindy Frewen Wuellner.
Learn more at

iLabs Singularity Summit 2011 Talks

Watch talks from the iLabs Singularity Summit 2011 at This summit was run by our Antonella Canonico and Gabriele Rossi.

Second International Green Computing Conference

The Second International Green Computing Conference (IGCC'11) will be held at Orlando, Florida, USA, (the Holiday Inn at Disney World) July 25-28. Our Ishfaq Ahmad is General Co-Chair.
The Second International Green Computing Conference, technically cosponsored by IEEE, addresses key issues and topics related to energy efficiency in computing and promoting environmentally friendly computer technologies and systems. The conference provides a forum for discussing, sharing and investigating the state-of-the-art for all aspects of green computing, which include energy-efficient use of computers, design of algorithms and systems for environmentally-friendly computer technologies, and a wide range of related topics.
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Popular Science Feature

Read the Popular Science feature (that features the Lifeboat Foundation) "After Earth: Why, Where, How, and When We Might Leave Our Home Planet" at

Sky at Night Interview

Read Sky at Night's interview with our Garry Hunt at

19 Near-Earth Asteroids Discovered in One Night

The Pan-STARRS PS1 telescope establishes near-Earth asteroid discovery record. This advanced telescope at Haleakala, Maui, discovered 19 near-Earth asteroids on the night of January 29, the most asteroids discovered by one telescope on a single night. "This record number of discoveries shows that PS1 is the world's most powerful telescope for this kind of study," said our Nick Kaiser, head of the Pan-STARRS project.
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Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction

Read "Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction: Is It Almost Here? Steep decline of many animal species warns that Earth is on the brink" at

World's Smallest Computer Watches You — From Within

Read "World's smallest computer watches you — from within: First millimeter-scale computer has processor, memory, battery, solar cell, and radio" at


Kemal Akman joins our blog team with his post "Security and Complexity Issues Implicated in Strong Artificial Intelligence, an Introduction" at

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since the last newsletter:
Jeff Bone: $11,225, Benjamin R. Hoffman: $1,000, Life Extension Foundation: $1,000, Fannie Mae: $510, Google: $250, Donald Byrne: $120, Michael Dickey: $85, Seattle Home Company: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, Michael Breazeale: $25, Rick Hubbard: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, David Orban: $25, Ronald Amos: $10, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Christopher Dilkus: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, Stephen Fleming: $10, George Garrett: $10, Charles Hawk: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Glenn A. Miller: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Phil Nadeau: $10, John N. Philipps (Jack): $10, Lee Irwin Pringle: $10, Frank D. Smith: $10, and Rhonda Stevenson: $10.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.