Lifeboat News #108


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 07/01/11. Copyright 2011 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Transcendent Man Live

Join our Ray Kurzweil in your local movie theater on August 3, 2011 at 8:00pm ET/ 7:00pm CT/ 6:00pm MT and 8:00pm PT as he gives a special presentation on accelerating technology and its effects on our future, followed by an all-star panel as they discuss the future of humanity, including the merger of man and machine and the potential to live forever! Plus, exclusively for the first time in 500 nationwide (USA) movie theaters, extended excerpts from the acclaimed film, Transcendent Man!
"Transcendent Man Live with Ray Kurzweil: A Conversation About the Future" is coming to a movie theater near you Wednesday, August 3rd in a LIVE cinema event. Limited seats available — buy your tickets today, watch the trailer, and get more information at

Improved AGI-11 Lineup

We have improved our AGI-11 lineup to include our Itamar Arel, Joscha Bach, Anirban Bandyopadhyay, Eric Baum, James Bonaiuto, Joanna Bryson, Antonio Chella, Haris Dindo, Marco Dorigo, Wlodzislaw "Wlodek" Duch, Rod Furlan, Deon Garrett, Ben Goertzel, Faustino Gomez, J. Storrs Hall, Demis Hassabis, Bill Hibbard, Marcus Hutter, Matt Iklé, Bruce Klein, Randal Koene, András Kornai, Kai-Uwe Kühnberger, John E. Laird, Christian Lebiere, Shane Legg, Moshe Looks, András Lörincz, Matt Luciw, David Orban, Eray Özkural, Jan Poland, Florin Popescu, Stephen Reed, Sebastian Rudolph, Rafal Rzepka, Alexei V. Samsonovich, Ricardo Sanz, Tom Schaul, Matthias Scheutz, Jürgen Schmidhuber, Kristinn R. Thórisson, Julian Togelius, Lyle Ungar, Wendell Wallach, Pei Wang, Marco Wiering, Mary-Anne Williams, David Wolpert, and Eliezer Yudkowsky. The Fourth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence will be hosted by Google from August 3rd to 6th in Mountain View, California, USA.
Learn more at


Our Chris Grayson is organizing TEDxSiliconAlley on October 27th in New York City. TEDxSiliconAlley will give the established leaders, and emerging young leaders, of the NYC Tech scene the opportunity to have a soapbox for their "ideas worth spreading".
Learn more at

Space Renaissance International Results

Learn the results from Space Renaissance International's first congress — an online conference including dozens of scientists, space commerce innovators, and other space enthusiasts from around the world at


Anyone who writes at least one post on our blog between now and the end of August will be entered into a drawing where one random winner will have $250 donated to the charity of their choice. Our blog is at
Odette Gregory joins our blog team with the post "Scarcity, Lack of Access" at
Stuart Kauffman joins our blog team with the post "No Law Entails The Evolution Of The Biosphere" at
Randal A. Koene joins our blog team with the post "The Darwin Escape" at
And read the blog post "Teeming Cities of Mars" by our Jared Daniel at

Language Support

Our Braulio Medina Dias created a Portuguese about page for us at
Thanks Braulio!

Prometheus Award

Our Sarah Hoyt has won a Prometheus Award for "Darkship Thieves". Learn more at and

Len Sassaman Memorial

The Lifeboat Foundation mourns the death of our Len Sassaman who was a well-known cypherpunk, cryptographer, and privacy advocate. Learn more at and


Read "One Response to the Eight Grand Challenges" by our Richard Yonck at
Read "The Risk that Humans Will Soon Be Extinct" by our John Leslie at


Learn about "2011 State of the Future", coauthored by our Jerome C. Glenn and Theodore J. Gordon at
Our Woody Evans has just released "Arc Sodium: Various Transhuman Positions" at and "Information Dynamics in Virtual Worlds" at


Watch "My Love Affair with Space" by our Brian Malow at,00.html

Web Design/Graphic Artist Available for Hire

Frank D. Smith, who launched our InfoPreserver wiki at, is available for hire. He has been a web designer and graphic artist since 1998, mostly serving the art and science community. He is also a freelance instructor in Adobe graphics tools, from CS5 through Acrobat. Learn more at

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since the last newsletter:
Jeff Bone: $7,500, Benjamin R. Hoffman: $1,000, Johan Edström: $400, Ray D. Wright: $160, Rick Moss: $120, Michael Dickey: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, James Blodgett: $50, Michael Breazeale: $25, Rick Hubbard: $25, Vineet KewalRamani $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Anonymous: $10, Ronald Amos: $10, James Bracken: $10, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, George Garrett: $10, Charles Hawk: $10, Richard Kane: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Glenn A. Miller: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Phil Nadeau: $10, John N. Philipps (Jack): $10, Frank D. Smith: $10, Steve Armstrong: $3, Stanley Garrett: $1.01, and Tosh Garrett: $1.01.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.