Lifeboat News #117


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 04/01/12. Copyright 2012 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Lifeboat Foundation Dinner

Our James Blodgett will be hosting a dinner meeting for our members at WorldFuture 2012. If you have suggestions for a restaurant, write to [email protected] with the subject "Lifeboat Foundation Dinner".
WorldFuture 2012 will be held in Toronto, July 27-29, 2012 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel. Our Peter Bishop, James Blodgett, John Cassel, Joe Coates, José Luis Cordeiro, Tom Cowper, William Crossman, Sean Daken, Elizabeth Florescu, Jay Gary, Jerome C. Glenn, Adam Gordon, Theodore J. Gordon, Linda Groff, William Halal, Juanita Hardy, Jay Herson, Rodney Hill, Syed Isa, John Jackson, Naveen Jain, Peter Jones, Ted Kahn, Bud Levin, Tom Lombardo, John Meagher, Ramez Naam, Pavel Novacek, Concepción Olavarrieta, Youngsook Park, Alex Peake, Tiffany Pressler, Sheila Ronis, Ziauddin Sardar, Heather Schlegel, Josh Schonwald, Karl Schroeder, Kamal Zaki Mahmoud Ali Shaeer, John Smart, Jack Smith, Rick Smyre, Dave Stein, Suzanne Stein, Patrick Tucker, Verne Wheelwright, Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, and Ibon Zugasti will be speaking/participating.
Learn more at

Summer Growth Fundraiser

Donald Maclean has pledged $5,000 in matching funds in honor of his 50th wedding anniversary. This, plus the matching funds from Jeff Bone/Topsight Fund, gives us a total of $11,250 in matching funds for our Summer Growth Fundraiser!
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Apocalypse When?

Our Willard Wells has authored "Apocalypse When?: Calculating How Long the Human Race Will Survive" (Springer, 2009) at
Read the review by John J. Watkins, Professor of Math at Colorado College at
This review will be published in the summer of 2012 in the Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 34.
Read the review by S. Gill Williamson who is Professor Emeritus of Math at University of California, San Diego at
Read the review by Adhemar Bultheel who is at the Department of Computer Science at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven at
Read the review by Dr. Ted Weverka at
Read the review by Samuel Goldberg who is Professor Emeritus of Math at Oberlin College at

Patterns of Distinction

Our Richard Thieme will keynote at Patterns of Distinction: $ecurity Matter$ on April 12, 2012 speaking on "The Future of Hacking: Living in a World Without Walls".
Learn more at

10 National Graduate Research Polymer Conference

Our Liming Dai is co-chair of the 10th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference which will be held May 21-24, 2012 at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
This conference will cover: bio-related materials, energy related materials, photonics and electronics, surfaces and self-assembling, nanostructured materials, and characterization/kinetics/theory/processing.
Learn more at

Cosmic Garden

Learn about the campaign to create the Cosmic Garden in Shanghai at
Imagine slowly flying through space surrounded by an ancient lost city. Join the Cosmic Garden team in creating a relaxing indoor garden that flies through space.


John Cassel joins our blog team with the post "Risk Assessment is Hard (computationally and otherwise)" at
Jake Mann joins our blog team with the post "One Key to The Future is Financial Clarity" at
Roland Schiefer joins our blog team with the post "GadgetBridge — Taming dangerous technologies by pushing them into consumer gadgets" at


Our Facebook group now has over 1,300 members. Join our discussions at

Growing Membership

We now accept Discover cards. Recent donations/pledges we have received, since our last newsletter:
Donald Maclean: $5,000, Michael Dickey: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, Brandon E. Larson: $50, Richard Kane: $30, Rick Hubbard: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Anonymous: $10, James Bracken: $10, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, George Garrett: $10, Charles Hawk: $10, Tom Kerwick: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Glenn A. Miller: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Roland Schiefer: $10, Benjamin T. Solomon: $10, Ryan Witt: $10, and UNIVEX RAM Kft: $10.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.