Lifeboat News #118


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 05/01/12. Copyright 2012 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.


Our David Brin's new novel Existence mentions our many programs. Watch the trailer for this book at Learn more about the book at Discuss it at

AGI-12 @ Oxford

The Fifth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence, AGI-12 @ Oxford, will be held December 8-11, 2012. Appropriately for this Alan Turing centenary year, this is the first AGI conference to be held in the UK. Our Itamar Arel, Stuart Armstrong, Joscha Bach, Antonio Chella, Stan Franklin, Rod Furlan, Deon Garrett, Ben Goertzel, J. Storrs Hall, Marcus Hutter, Matthew O. Iklé, Randal Koene, Kai-Uwe Kühnberger, Christian Lebiere, Moshe Looks, David Orban, Stephen Reed, Anders Sandberg, Jürgen Schmidhuber, Kristinn R. Thórisson, and Julian Togelius will be participating.
Learn more at

Virtual Orbital Space Settlement

Kepler Space Institute, in cooperation with Space Pioneers and InWorldz, is offering classes aboard a Virtual Orbital Space Settlement — online instruction in cyberspace hypothetically hundreds of kilometers above Earth.
The VOSS, a realistic virtual environment, was developed by Kim Peart, an Australian visual artist and veteran supporter of space exploration and development, with the assistance of Dr. Jennifer Bolton, working under the banner of Space Pioneers.
The first such classes will be Moon Colonization 101, The Overview Effect, and Law of Space Abundance.
Learn more at

the God Problem

Our Howard Bloom needs your help to promote the book "The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates" at

Safety in Space

Our Rand Simberg needs your help to rationalize our approach to safety in space at

Advisory Board

Nobel Laureate Richard J. Roberts joins our Policy Board. Rich was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene-splicing.
Read his bio at

Technopolis Now

Our James Shaughnessy's film "Technopolis Now" just got accepted into the Breckinridge Film Festival and will be screening in Breckinridge, Colorado on June 6-7. Watch its trailer at


Read "Accelerating Evolution 1: the Prehistory of Earth" by Daniel Berleant at
Read "Beyond the Heliosheath: ISM Traverse & The Local Fluff" by Tom Kerwick at
Read "Consideration for Sub-Millisecond Pulsars (or the Lack Thereof)" by Tom Kerwick at
Read "OpenOffice / LibreOffice & A Warning For Futurists" by Keith Curtis at
Read "Will Student Loans Cause an Economic Armageddon?" by Jake Mann at


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Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since our last newsletter:
Jacqueline Karma Bennett: $252, Willard H. Wells: $200, Anonymous: $147.50 (Including 0.5 Bitcoins), Michael Dickey: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, Brandon E. Larson: $50, Roy Mitsuoka: $50, Rick Hubbard: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, 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, and Ryan Witt: $10.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.