Lifeboat News #159


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 10/01/15. Copyright 2015 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Three Books

The Lifeboat Foundation has launched 3 books! They are:

  • "The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen — and What to Do, Third Edition", available in paperback at and Kindle at
    "Imaginative yet substantive, readable yet science oriented, and occasionally humorous, this book proposes future scenarios spanning from the current century to nearly eternity. Most chapters offer a concluding section with recommendations."
  • "Visions of the Future", available in paperback at and Kindle at
    "In Visions of the Future you'll find stories and essays about artificial intelligence, androids, faster-than-light travel, and the extension of human life. You'll read about the future of human institutions and culture. But these literary works are more than just a reprisal of the classical elements of science fiction and futurism. At their core, each of these pieces has one consistent, repeated theme: us."
  • "Prospects for Human Survival", available in paperback at and Kindle at
    "Advanced technologies such as computers, genetics, nanotech, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) are progressing at an accelerating pace. Wells shows that the pace is too rapid for us to safely adapt. He makes a strong case for developing friendly superhuman AI as quickly as possible, hopefully a nurturing artificial overlord that will protect us from ourselves. The danger is that it will not be as friendly as we hope, but the alternative is unacceptable risk."
    Read the press release at
    Read ongoing updates about these books at

  • Articles

    Read "No UI Is The New UI" at


    Read "The Prospect of Immortality — Fifty Years Later" at


    Julius Garcia joins our blog team with the post "How robotics will affect the availability of employment and social benefits" at
    Josef Koch joins our blog team with the post "'Zeno effect' — atoms won't move while you watch" at
    Matthew White joins our blog team with the post "The tardigrade genome has been sequenced, and it has the most foreign DNA of any animal" at

    Growing Membership

    Recent donations/pledges we have received since our last newsletter:
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