Lifeboat News #169


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 08/01/16. Copyright 2016 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin joins our Space Settlement Board.
On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. An estimated 600 million people — at that time, the world's largest television audience in history — witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor.
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Pete Worden

Pete Worden, Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, joins our Policy Board.
The Breakthrough Prize is a set of international awards bestowed in three categories by Breakthrough Prize Board in recognition of scientific advance. The categories are Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics, and Mathematics. Laureates receive $3 million each in prize money.
The prizes were founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Yuri Milner and Julia Milner, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang. Committees of previous laureates choose the winners from candidates nominated in a process that’s online and open to the public.
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Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing

The Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing will be held Sep 29-Oct 1 in Brussels, Belgium.
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Anti Ageing Conference London

The BSAAM's 13th Annual Anti Ageing Conference London 2016 will be held October 13–15 in London. Our Aubrey de Grey, Brian Halvorsen, Kiran Krishnan, Marios Kyriazis, Karl J. Neeser, Avijit Roy, Giovanni Scapagnini, Maria Somers, Miguel Toribio-Mateas, and Jesús A. F. Tresguerres will be participating.
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European Mars Society Conference

The European Mars Society Conference (EMC16): From Simulation to Reality will be held October 14-16 in Bergamo, Italy. This conference promotes human exploration and colonization of Mars.
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Extreme Futures and Technology Forecasting Conference

Extreme Futures and Technology Forecasting Conference - Fall 2016 will be held October 22 in San Francisco, California.
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Fourth AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing

The Fourth AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2016) will be held October 30-November 3, 2016 in Austin, Texas. This conference discusses how human computation systems and machine learning systems can work together.
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Stardust Final Conference on Asteroids and Space Debris

The Stardust Final Conference on Asteroids and Space Debris will be held October 31-November 4 at the ESTEC: European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands.
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New Worlds 2016 Conference

The New Worlds 2016 Conference will be held November 4-5 in Austin, Texas. Our Pete Garretson, Jim Logan, Philip Metzger, Tiago Soromenho, Rick Tumlinson, Pete Worden, Alvin Yew, and Robert Zubrin will be participating. For two days this fall, world class scientists, experts, and engineers will explain, discuss, and debate the challenges and solutions facing those who will go out there.
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Fifth Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference

The Fifth Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference 2016 will be held November 10-12 in Orlando, Florida.
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Hellenic Bioinformatics 09: HBio 2016

Hellenic Bioinformatics 09: HBio 2016 will be held November 19-21 at The Centre for Research & Technology (CERTH) in Thessalonica, Greece.
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IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence

The 2016 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence will be held December 6-9 in Athens, Greece. Our Giovanni Acampora, Andrew Adamatzky, Itamar Arel, Wlodek Duch, Stan Franklin, Ben Goertzel, Ali Reza Khanteymoori, Quan Liu, Nikhil R. Pal, Massimiliano Vasile, and Pei Wang will be participating.
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Singularity 1 on 1: Interview the Future

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Read the free report "A Radically Easier Path to Space Settlement" at


Recent interesting blog posts include:
"Breaking Taboo: Swedish Scientist Modifies DNA in Human Embryos –'Ignores Ethical Boundaries of Science'" by Gerard Bain at
"Calgary researchers teleport light particle 6.2 kilometres, raising hopes for 'quantum internet' by Aleksandar Vukovic at
"Can Technology Help Fine-Tune Your Happiness?" by Dan Faggella at
"Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announces $3 billion investment to cure disease" by Elmar Arunov at
"Decisions Are Emotional, Not Logical: The Neuroscience behind Decision Making" by Shailesh Prasad at
"Femtotechnology: A technology that is Beyond Nanotechnology" by Klaus Baldauf at
"Generation Cryo: Fighting Death in the Frozen Unknown" by Sean Brazell at
"Get Ready For Freeways That Ban Human Drivers" by Dan Kummer at
"Google's new chat app should be deleted and never used, says Edward Snowden" by Aleksandar Vukovic at
"How Science Can Inform Good Leadership" by Odette Gregory at
"IBM is one step closer to mimicking the human brain" by Alexandros El
"Kardashev Scale: What It'll Be Like When We Harness the Power of an Entire Galaxy" by Andreas Matt at
"Microsoft wants to crack the cancer code using artificial intelligence" by Albert Sanchez at
"Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Could Help Paraplegic Children" by Karen Hurst at
"New Zealand startup Thought-Wired allows people with severe disabilities to communicate using their brain waves" by Karen Hurst at
"Nvidia links up with Foxconn, Quanta on AI servers" by Roman Mednitzer at
"Paralysed patient walks again thanks to virtual reality and brain-computer interfaces" by Roman Mednitzer at
"Paralyzed man regains use of arms and hands after experimental stem cell therapy at Keck Hospital of USC" by Carse Peel at
"Ray Kurzweil: We Can Control AI Before It Controls Us" by Elmar Arunov at
"Room temperature magnetoelectric material created — Uses for next generation computing" by Klaus Baldauf at
"Scientist Claims to be On the Verge of Making An AI That 'Feels' True Emotions" by Elmar Arunov at
"Scientists hail new era of 'motherless babies'" by Shailesh Prasad at
"Scientists just demonstrated internet speeds 1,000 times faster than Google Fibre" by Dan Kummer at
"Someone is learning how to take down the Internet" by Sean Brazell at
"UPS testing drones for use in its package delivery system" by Dan Kummer at
"US Launches International Brain Initiative to Coordinate Brain Mapping Efforts" by Karen Hurst at

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