Lifeboat News #192


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 07/01/18. Copyright 2018 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

TransVision Madrid 2018

TransVision Madrid 2018 will be held October 19–21 in Madrid, Spain. Our Didier Coeurnelle, José Luis Cordeiro, Felipe Debasa, Rodolfo Goya, Aubrey de Grey, João Pedro de Magalhães, Ben Goertzel, Michael Greve, Charlie Kam, Alexandre Maurer, David Pearce, Ramón Risco Delgado, Anders Sandberg, Natasha Vita-More, and Ibon Zugasti will be speaking/participating.
This conference will cover concepts such as longevity extension, artificial intelligence, human enhancement, and other technologies and future trends. Learn more at


Read the second edition of our “Visions of the Future” in paperback at and in Kindle format at
“Visions of the Future” is a collection of stories and essays including Nebula and Hugo award-winning works. In this anthology, 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.
Read the fourth edition of our “Human Race to the Future” in paperback at and in Kindle format at
What might life, technology, and the world be like in the future? Today’s future is tomorrow’s reality — the future is on its way!
The “Human Race to the Future” contains twenty-nine complete, independently readable chapters of valuable and stimulating information on what could happen, when, and in some cases even how to prepare.
Read the second edition of our “Prospects for Human Survival” in paperback at Read it in Kindle format at
Advanced technologies such as computers, genetics, nanotech, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) are progressing at an accelerating pace. Futurists speak of a time called The Singularity when progress will be so rapid that humans can no longer comprehend it. Many expect it during the mid-century.
Wells shows that the pace is too rapid for us to safely adapt. He discusses several of the most frightening hazards to our survival. He also develops simple mathematical formulas for survival probability. This formulation is not based on any list of specific hazards, but rather on the pace of progress. Statistical indicators of this pace include gross world product, number of papers published in science and engineering, and production of electricity and selected minerals.
Wells 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.
Also read “The High Frontier: An Easier Way” at

$100,000 Prize

Blue Frontiers, the company building the world’s first sustainable floating islands in French Polynesia, in collaboration with the Startup Societies Foundation, is holding a competition to encourage the creation of Special Economic Zones in different parts of the world that are interested in economic growth.
The winner will be awarded with $100,000 USD plus the possibility to become a partner in building a seastead in their home country. Nine additional proposals will win an all-expenses paid trip to the fully-operational floating pavilion in the Netherlands, built by Blue21, the architects of Blue Frontiers Floating Island Project.
Learn more at

Longevity Film Competition

Enter the Longevity Film Competition and join us in the crusade of eliminating age-related disease. You can not only potentially help save lots of lives, but you can win the first prize of $10,000! Second prize is a trip to meet our Dr. Aubrey de Grey.
Learn more at

Michael Greve

Michael Greve is the CEO and Founder of Kizoo Technology Ventures and the Forever Healthy Foundation. He has joined our Life Extension Board.
As Michael himself says, his lifestyle during his hacker days wasn’t among the healthiest; his interest in healthy life extension developed as a consequence of his efforts to switch to a healthier way of living. Eventually, his research into the science of staying healthy led him to the work of Dr. Aubrey de Grey and the realization that staving off age-related diseases and preserving health indefinitely was a potentially achievable goal. Following this serendipitous discovery, he founded and launched the Forever Healthy Foundation.
Forever Healthy’s mission is to enable people to vastly extend their healthy lifespan and be part of the first generation to cure aging.
They support the development of rejuvenation therapies that undo the damage of aging by funding basic research, bringing together the world’s leading scientists at their Undoing Aging conference, and helping startups that work on actual therapies for human use.
Learn more at


Blackbox is a group of PhDs, executives, and technologists formerly from Google, Apple, Intel, and other companies building the future of work. The cornerstone of their model is the unification of labor and capital to build a better system of work for all. Read more about their approach at

National Upcycled Computing Collective

The National Upcycled Computing Collective takes donations of enterprise servers, storage devices, networking infrastructure, corporate workstations, electronic test and measurement equipment, and graphics cards and uses them for scientific processing such as with BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing). They take donations of dollars in addition to donations of equipment. You can also volunteer and make a difference in your local area.
Learn more at


Maria Entraigues Abramson joins our blog team with the post “Longevity Film Competition” at
Alexandria Black joins our blog team with the post “2018 Drive to Stay Alive organized” at
Alex Deadpool joins our blog team with the post “Are We Alone?” at
Michael Dodd joins our blog team with the post “Aubrey De Grey Discusses Indefinite Longevity” at
Ratnesh Dwivedi joins our blog team with the post “Will US Make it to Mars as President Trump Signs New Directive for NASA and Mission Gets Ready” at
Lilia Lens-Pechakova joins our blog team with the post “Older adults who get physical can lower their heart disease risk” at
Pat Maechler joins our blog team with the post “Why Alien Life Would be our Doom — The Great Filter” at
Marco Monfils joins our blog team with the post “AI beats doctors in diagnosis competition” at
Bill Retherford joins our blog team with the post “Mars 2020 Spacecraft ‘Coming Together’; Probe To Seek Signs Of Ancient Alien Life” at
Marcia Wiegand joins our blog team with the post “Turbine creates energy from oncoming traffic” at
Recent interesting blog posts include
“6 Flying Cars That You Might Actually be Able to Own (And Fly) in Your Lifetime” by Bill Kemp at
“A $1 Billion Telescope That Will Take Pictures 10 Times Sharper Than Hubble’s Is Now Officially Under Way” by Shailesh Prasad at
“An Answer To Fermi’s Paradox” by Bill Retherford at
“A review and implications for aging research” by Franco Cortese at
“Bank of England’s chief economist warns A.I. could threaten ‘large’ amount of jobs” by Derick Lee at
“Bill Gates Says This Book Is ‘One of the Most Important’ He’s Ever Read” by Alex Deadpool at
“Combating Crime in a Virtual Future Filled with Love and Sex” by B.J. Murphy at
“Disruptive Technologies and Dangerous Ideas — Ray Kurzweil & Peter Diamandis” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Do you want to join in the fight to end age-related disease?” by Michael Greve at
“D-Wave Breakthrough Demonstrates First Large-Scale Quantum Simulation of Topological State of Matter” by Klaus Baldauf at
“Facebook implements trust scoring for all users” by Michael Lance at
“The Future of Lab-Grown Meat” by Marcos Than Esponda at
“Healthy diet linked to healthy cellular aging in women” by Lilia Lens-Pechakova at
“Hitting the pause button on life” by Ian Hale at
“Humorous take on Space Force (Video)” by John Gallagher at
“Kelsey Moody — Antibody Mimetic for Parkinson’s Disease” by Steve Hill at
“Keynote: ‘Future of Healthy Longevity’” by Montie Adkins at
“The Life Extensionist’s Guide to Logical Fallacies” by Nicola Bagalà at
“London police chief ‘completely comfortable’ using facial recognition with 98 percent error rate” by Amnon H. Eden at
Posted by Amnon H. Eden “The Many Yous” by Steve Hill at
“‘Molecular clock’ study traces evolution back to ancestor of all life on Earth” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans” by Nicholi Avery at
“Our capacity for abstract thinking and dreams (a new brain-state of REM or paradoxical sleep) arose during the cold to warm blooded interface” by Steve Nichols at
“Oxygen therapy miraculously reverses toddler’s brain damage” by Mary Jain at
“The pet projects Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other billionaires spend their fortunes on — from space travel to immortality” by Derick Lee at
“Photo Tour: Inside Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner Spaceship Hangar” by Sean Brazell at
“President Trump directs Defense Department to ‘immediately begin the process’ of establishing ‘space force’ as sixth military branch” by Mary Jain at
“Quantum Computing Expert Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty” by Juliian C’estMoi at
“The Technological Future of Surgery: New Surgical Robots are About to Enter the Operating Theatre” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Researchers are developing fast-charging solid-state batteries” by Bill Kemp at
“Researchers use gut bacteria to turn type A or B blood into universal donors” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“Russian arms firm Kalashnikov unveils 13-ft walking gold killer robot” by Klaus Baldauf at
“SPACEWALK: Russian cosmonauts step out of the International Space Station for a spacewalk expected to last 6 hours and 50 minutes” by Michael Lance at
“Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy” by Bill Kemp at
“Steven A. Garan — Silicon Valley’s Role in Fighting Aging” by Steve Hill at
“This amazing new brain map of every synapse shows how we think” by Nicholi Avery at
“Transfer Learning for Brain-Computer Interfaces: An Euclidean Space Data Alignment Approach” by Marcos Than Esponda at
“The Transhumanist Bill of Rights version 2.0” by Zoltan Istvan at
“The Universe as We Understand It May Be Impossible” by Michael Lance at
“The Universe Is Disappearing, And There’s Nothing We Can Do To Stop It” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“We Already are Artificial Intelligence” by Marco Monfils at
“What does a city of one million people on Mars look like?” by Klaus Baldauf at

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