Lifeboat News #148


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 11/01/14. Copyright 2014 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

End of the Year Fundraiser

Gregory Benford, David Brin, James E. Gunn, Ray Kurzweil, and Robert J. Sawyer have lent their support to our End of the Year Fundraiser.
They have completed their stories and articles for our upcoming anthology. Read Robert Sawyer's story at All End of the Year donors may use the form at to request free copies of the stories by Gregory Benford, David Brin, and James E. Gunn, and the article by Ray Kurzweil.
We are especially pleased that 92-year-old Hugo Award winner and Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master James E. Gunn is supporting our fundraiser as we are honored to have those who are almost a century old to help "Safeguard Humanity"! Jim is continuing to publish new novels as well with his latest novel "Transcendental" recently being published at Jim was one of the key people who launched our "Lifeboat to the Stars" award at

Twenty-Ninth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence Update

Our Vasant Honavar, W. Bradley Knox, Sven Koenig, Benjamin Kuipers, Sriraam Natarajan, Peter Stone, and Matthew E. Taylor are participating in the Twenty-Ninth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-15) which will be held January 25-29, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas, USA. The purpose of this conference is to promote research in artificial intelligence (AI) and scientific exchange among AI researchers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers in affiliated disciplines.
Learn more at


Rob Chamberlain joins our blog team with the post "Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, and Blockchain Technology — Brief Q&A" at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
"Astronauts Just Found Life In Outer Space — And Scientists Aren't Sure How It Got There" by Seb at
"Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, and Blockchain Technology — The Ethereum Primer" by Rob Chamberlain at
"The FIRST Team on Mars" by Johnny Boston at
"FM-2030: What is the Future of Democracy? Part 1" by Johnny Boston at
"Futurism Update" by Andres Agostini at
"General Motors Reportedly Launching Cars That Detect Distracted Driving" by Seb at
"Has the flawed password system finally had its day?" by Seb at
"INTERSTELLAR — Blockbuster Movie features Decisive Black-Hole Effect" by Otto E. Rössler at
"I was blind... now I have bionic eyes" by Seb at
"Marty Kohn, MD: Will your doctor be a Robot?" by Johnny Boston at
"My Darling Date Questions Answered by a Female Robot" by Andres Agostini at
"Researchers Achieve First Successful Telepathic Transfer" by Seb at

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since our last newsletter:
Edwin B. Cooper Jr.: $175, Michael Dickey: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, John Grencer: $40, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Frank W. Sudia: $20, John Amaretto: $10, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Roland Schiefer: $10, and Coupon Codes 365: $1.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.