Lifeboat News #134


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 09/01/13. Copyright 2013 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

NASA Selects Lifeboat Foundation Proposal

NASA has selected our proposal as one of the best proposals out of the 402 that were submitted.
NASA has invited us to send someone to present at an "Ideas Synthesis" workshop that they will conduct in Houston and via virtual presence. We have selected our Kevin Berry to be our representative at this event.
Learn more at
In addition, NASA invited members of our Asteroid/Comet Impacts Board, Media & Arts Board, and our Space Settlement Board to a Grand Challenge Forum on September 20, 2013. Our board members ended up being over 10% of the attendees to the Grand Challenge Forum.

the International Conference on Genetics of Aging and Longevity

The International Conference on Genetics of Aging and Longevity will be held April 6-10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Our Yelena Budovskaya, Judith Campisi, Joâo Pedro de Magalhâes, Alexey Moskalev, Elena G. Pasyukova, Robert J. Shmookler Reis, Yousin Suh, and Jan Vijg will be participating.
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Frederik Pohl Passes Away

Our Frederik Pohl has passed away.
Despite being 93, he worked to "Safeguard Humanity" to the end. He was a key player in this year's "Lifeboat to the Stars" event. The award was given to the authors of "Tau Ceti".
Fred also participated in our DARPA/NASA 100-Year-Starship proposal which eventually led to us gaining enough experience in creating NASA proposals that we got our first NASA win.
Fred will be memorialized forever on our Advisory Board Memorial at
We will miss him.
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World's First Bitcoin Endowment Fund Nears One Hundred Thousand Dollars

Thanks to a large pledge of 500 BTC (bitcoins) by Brian Cartmell, Lifeboat Foundation's bitcoin endowment fund at has soared to nearly $100,000. Brian will match the next 500 BTC donated to Lifeboat Foundation.
Also, to give back to the bitcoin community, Lifeboat Foundation has created the first Windows version of oclvanitygen in the world that runs well on high-end AMD cards. (Our version runs nearly four times as fast as the old version!) You can download it for free at oclvanitygen is used to create vanity bitcoin addresses such as our bitcoin address 1Lifeboatu7Y9YqKQRcXfjWYJdXog9CS7r that begins with 1Lifeboat.
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Gunrunner Billy Zane

Check out this screenshot at from the site at!trailer/ for the upcoming movie "The Gunrunner Billy Kane".
Learn more about our book at

Dupont Summit

The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) has invited the Lifeboat Foundation to submit a program proposal for their upcoming Dupont Summit 2013 on science, technology, and environmental policy issues, at the historic Whittemore House in Washington, DC on Friday, December 6th. The PSO's intent for this conference is to provide individuals, businesses, NGOs, and institutions the opportunity to present on and discuss the issues that are most important to them with a diverse audience. To this end, they include academics, business leaders, policy makers, and researchers and provide ample networking opportunities to create connections across disciplines.
The Lifeboat Foundation is working with our board members to develop proposals for the Dupont Summit 2013.

Global Brain

Learn about "Is the Internet evolving into a Global Brain?" at


Read "New Evidence, Conditions, Instruments & Experiments for Gravitational Theories" at


Dustin Ashley joins our blog team with the post "The Digital Waltz" at
Lucas Dimoveo joins our blog team with the post "Grindhouse Wetware — Support Open Source Transhumanism" at
Dan Faggella joins our blog team with the post "Building a Better Future — Lessons from 3 Months of Lifeboat Foundation Expert Interviews" at
Martin Higgins joins our blog team with the post "Transhumanist Spirituality — A New Religion for the Modern Age?" at
John Mardlin joins our blog team with the post "Is Bitcoin the Beginning of the End?" at
Daniel Shafrir joins our blog team with the post "Bitcoin and its Value" at

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since our last newsletter:
Peg Kay: $3,000, Anonymous: $708.54 (includes 3 bitcoins), Aaron Lasher: $142.36 (1 bitcoin), Michael Dickey: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, Matthew L. McGuirl: $66.95 (includes 0.3 bitcoins), Rod Pyle: $50, J. Broadbent: $25, Paul Hoffman: $25, Gavin Keech: $25, Mike Perry: $20, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Roland Schiefer: $10, Benjamin T. Solomon: $10, Ryan Witt: $10, Henry B. Augustine: $8, Kimberly Botham: $5, and Fleet Trax: $5.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.