Lifeboat News #224


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 03/01/21. Copyright 2021 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

TransVision 2021 Conference

The TransVision 2021 Conference has been moved to October 8–10 at Ateneo de Madrid. Our Fernando Botella, Adolfo Castilla, Didier Coeurnelle, José Luis Cordeiro, Felipe Debasa, Aubrey de Grey, Ben Goertzel, Rodolfo Goya, Andrés Grases, Rudi Hoffman, Charlie Kam, Ray Kurzweil, João Pedro Magalhães, Jim Mellon, Elena Milova, Liz Parrish, David Pearce, Valerija Pride, Ramón Risco, Anders Sandberg, Paul Spiegel, Melanie Swan, Sergio Tarrero, Philippe Van Nedervelde, and Natasha Vita-More will be speaking at this global futurist summit.
Learn more at

Special Report

Read “Rethinking the Mars Terraforming Debate” by John K. Strickland, Jr. at
It is important to realize that without full terraforming, with at least a half-atmosphere or more of pressure, the fanciful images of skyscrapers and shimmering domed cities on the surface of Mars are not realistic. Once there are enough humans living under Mars surface, the public pressure for terraforming will build and action will be taken. Eventually creating a living world on the surface of Mars — to act as a backup for Earth’s biome, not as a replacement for it — is a great dream, and a valid one.

Lifeboat Strategy: Our Human Future

By James Blodgett
Our human future could be very good or very bad. We might settle the reachable universe, we might live forever, or we might go extinct. What we do now might make the difference.
I am a writer. I am writing this now. I have also published elsewhere, and I am editor of Existential Risk/Opportunity Singularity Management, available at If you grok that deliberately difficult title, it is very Lifeboat.
At times writing is difficult, but writers have a maxim: “Writers write”. It is an inspirational maxim: If I want to be a writer, I had better sit down at my computer and write something. I say this as an inspiration to readers who want to be Lifeboat heroes. If you want to save the world, then do it. (Be careful to get it right.) One way is intellectual. Many people don’t care about futures. Help them care. Figure out a rational that will make a good future something that people want to make happen. If you can’t think of a valid project, another way to help is by contributing to a group project, or starting a new one, or even carrying water for one person who is doing good things. Another way to help is by donating money.


Recent interesting blog posts include:
“3D Printed Organs” by Shailesh Prasad at
“After 20 years, physicists find a way to keep track of lost accelerator particles” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Audio cassette tape inventor Lou Ottens dies aged 94” by Muhammad Furqan at
“Bill Gates Buying Up U.S. Farmland” by Roger Dufur at
“‘Camera-in-a-pill’ helps to spot cancer” by Future Timeline at
“Earth’s oxygen will last another billion years” by Future Timeline at
“Geothermal Energy Is on the Verge of a Big Breakthrough” by Shane Hinshaw at
“German scientist says 99.9% chance coronavirus leaked from Wuhan lab” by Brent Ellman at
“‘Ghostly’ neutrino from star-shredding black hole reveals cosmic particle accelerator of epic proportions” by Genevieve Klien at
“How to Detect Cancer Early: A Guide” by J.P. Medved at
“Hydrogel could repair heart attack damage” by Future Timeline at
“India is trying to build its own internet” by Derick Lee at
“Just another day in Texas” by Heather Blevins at
“Meteor explodes over Vermont with the force of 440 pounds of TNT” by Quinn Sena at
“Nature’s ‘kill code’ may destroy cancer” by Quinn Sena at
“Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Life Advice Will Leave You SPEECHLESS — One of the Most Eye Opening Interviews” by Lon Anderson at
“New Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus Vaccine Created With Fetal Cells From Babies Killed in Abortion” by Poopeh Morakkabati at
“Nikola Tesla Predicted that the Weather Could Be Controlled and He Was Right” by Prem Vijaywargi at
“The owner of this electric vehicle Chevy Bolt did what no electric vehicle manufacturer has done so far” by Brent Ellman at
“Quantum communication device could create limitless data capacity” by Quinn Sena at
“Researchers Find 3 New Malware Strains Used by SolarWinds Hackers” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Scientists Confirm an Incredibly Powerful Antimatter Particle Crashed Into Antarctica” by Prem Vijaywargi at
“Self-Navigating Robot Cleans up The Ocean” by Raphael Ramos at
“Simulations suggest Earth’s oxygen-rich atmosphere will last only another billion years” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Soft robot reaches the deepest part of the ocean” by Genevieve Klien at
“SpaceX reveals the grand extent of its starport plans in South Texas” by Genevieve Klien at
“SpaceX Starship SN10 soars, lands for first time!” by Alberto Lao at
“Tech CEO says Twitter needs to go ‘all in’ on subscriptions” by Poopeh Morakkabati at
“This Chip for AI Works Using Light, Not Electrons” by Shailesh Prasad at
“This innovative wind turbine can withstand hurricane-force winds” by Shailesh Prasad at
“This Self-Bricklaying Robot Builds A House In Just 2 Days” by Raphael Ramos at
“The US Builds 6th Generation Jet Fighter” by Roger Dufur at
“Utah mother in her 30s dies four days after receiving second coronavirus vaccine dose” by Teresa Lynn at
“Warp Drives Are No Longer Science Fiction” by Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes at
“The weird long cloud on Mars is finally revealing some of its secrets” by Alberto Lao at
“We May Never Find Life on Mars—And That Could Be a Good Thing” by Dirk Schulze-Makuch at
“Whales and dolphins can resist cancer and their DNA reveals why” by Brent Ellman at
“World’s first space HOTEL to begin construction in Earth orbit in 2025” by Alberto Lao at
“World’s First Supersonic Unmanned Combat Drone Reaches Speeds Of Over 1,500mph” by Muhammad Furqan at
“World’s First Telescopic Lens Capable of Zooming Your Vision Three Times” by Prem Vijaywargi at
“World’s Richest Men, Musk and Bezos, Fight Over Satellite Fleets” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“Would You Cycle For An Hour Every Day If It Powered Your Home For 24 Hours?” by Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes at

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