Lifeboat News #233


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 12/01/21. Copyright 2021 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

2021 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award

The 2021 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award has been given to Martine Rothblatt who has devoted her life to moving humanity towards a positive future.
Martine was the 500th person to join our Advisory Board, has contributed to our blog, and has generously supported the Lifeboat Foundation’s goal of “Safeguarding Humanity”.
Martine is cofounder of the Terasem Movement Foundation. Their mission is to promote the geoethical (world ethical) use of nanotechnology for human life extension. They conduct educational programs and support scientific research and development in the areas of cryonics, biotechnology, and cyber consciousness. This foundation is related to the Lifeboat Foundation programs LifePreserver and PersonalityPreserver (which Martine contributed text to).
The Terasem Movement Foundation publishes “The Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness” and “The Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology”. Learn about them at
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Special Report

Read Special Report “What is Human Enhancement, and why is it good for our society?” at by our Guido Putignano.
According to a study made by the European Parliament, the umbrella term “Human Enhancement” refers to a wide range of existing, emerging, and visionary technologies, including pharmaceutical products: neuro implants that provide replacement sight or other artificial senses, drugs that boost brain power, human germline engineering and existing reproductive technologies, nutritional supplements, new brain stimulation technologies to alleviate suffering and control mood, gene doping in sports, cosmetic surgery, growth hormones for children of short stature, anti-aging medication, and highly sophisticated prosthetic applications that may provide specialized sensory input or mechanical output.
All these technologies signal the blurring of boundaries between restorative therapy and interventions that aim to bring about improvements extending beyond such therapy.


Read “Young Italy Award to Guido Putignano from Taranto for studies of synthetic biology and regenerative medicine” at https://bari-ilquotidianoitaliano-com.t...r_pto=sc This article which was translated from the original Italian is about our Guido Putignano.

Lifeboat Strategy

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 right now might make the difference.
Assisting in the development and implementation of save-the-world strategy requires work, some of which is the personal work of developing ideas, grokking them in fullness, adding to other’s ideas, and helping to make them happen. (Grokking is important. We don’t want bad ideas. Google this if necessary.) This quest has to fit in with one’s job (unless you can get this quest as a job) and with necessary activities of daily living. It took me a while to learn how.
I used to be good at procrastinating. Years ago I made a New Year’s resolution: to average 17 hours each week on a list of essential tasks. It was a good thing that I specified that those hours would be an average because I couldn’t do it every week. Sometimes other priorities needed attention, but I was able to do a bit extra in subsequent weeks and get back on track. I finished right down to the wire, working until 11 pm on December 31 to average that precise amount of time. I was proud that I made it work, but it was not totally efficient. At times I filled in with tasks that were not optimal but were the best things I could get done at odd hours. Later I developed other systems that helped me get things done.
Recently I have backslid into procrastination. In 2021, I made a better New Year’s resolution: continuous improvement, a slogan of quality control expert Edward Deming. Deming and this slogan were credited as a major contribution to Japan’s rapid reconstruction and development of industry after World War II. It enables a new resolution whenever I think of it. It is working for me, and it can work for readers of this article, especially since it is almost New Year’s Day.
Heroes of history are an existence proof that things can get done. This month’s hero of history: Edward Deming.


Denisa Lepadatu joins our blog team with the article “Continuity. An evolutionary perspective on art” at
Paul Moscarella joins our blog team with the post “UN talks adjourn without deal to regulate ‘killer robots’” at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
“5 Theories on Achieving Immortality as Scientists’ Say we Could Live 1,000 Years” by TJ Wass at
“A blind man can perceive objects after a gene from algae was added to his eye” by Shane Hinshaw at
“A philosopher of science explains how birds perceive time and space differently than humans” by Genevieve Klien at
“A wheeled car, quadruped and humanoid robot: Swiss-Mile Robot from ETH Zurich” by Chima Wisdom Anayo at
“AI reveals structures of protein complexes” by Dan Kummer at
“Anti-aging research uncovers new role for telomeres” by Nicholi Avery at
“Are We Reaching the End of Human Death? w/ L. Parrish, J. Cordeiro, A. de Grey and D. Wood” by Andrés Grases at
“Camera the size of a salt grain developed by scientists” by Shailesh Prasad at
“China achieves crown of quantum supremacy” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“DARPA Is Working on A New Wireless Tech to Charge Drone Swarms Seamlessly” by Gemechu Taye at
“DeepMind AI tackles one of chemistry’s most valuable techniques” by Derick Lee at
“Elon Musk Says SpaceX Is Going to Start Sucking CO2 Out of the Air and Turning It Into Rocket Fuel” by Jeffrey L. Lee at
“Elon Musk Sells $1.1 Billion in Tesla Stock” by Raphael Ramos at
“Elon Musk slams billionaire tax: ‘Eventually, they run out of other people’s money and then they come for you’” by Sean Brazell at
“Experimental depression treatment is nearly 80% effective in controlled study” by Kevin Huang at
“The First ‘Space Hotel’ Plans to Open in 2027” by Alberto Lao at
“How Many Steps Per Day Is Associated With Reduced Risk Of Death For All Causes?” by Mike Lustgarten at
“Is Quantum Tunneling Faster than Light? | Space Time | PBS Digital Studios” by Jamal Simpson at
“It’s official by now: A Second Earth had been discovered just next door (video)” by Claudio Soprano at
“Look: NASA rover spots something remarkable above the clouds on Mars” by Alberto Lao at
“Milky Way shakes: The cosmic collisions that made our galaxy” by Genevieve Klien at
“Modeling quantum spin liquids using machine learning” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“The Moon has enough oxygen to sustain 8 billion people for 100,000 years” by Chima Wisdom Anayo at
“North America’s first ever whale sanctuary to open 2023” by Poopeh Morakkabati at
“Physical Activity, Body Weight, And Diet Affect Resting Heart Rate And Heart Rate Variability” by Mike Lustgarten at
“The Real Reason Countries Are Going Back To The Moon” by Raphael Ramos at
“Researchers discover bacteria that can eat toxic metals from water” by Jason Blain at
“Russian Cosmonaut Makes Human Cartilage — With Magnets! — in Space” by Alberto Lao at
“Scientists Found a Cradle of Life Under Antarctica” by Genevieve Klien at
“Scientists Have Made a Massless Structural Battery 10 Times Better Than Before” by Jamal Simpson at
“Scientists may have just discovered the Moon’s large adult son” by Atanas Atanasov at
“Secretive Giant TSMC’s $100 Billion Plan To Fix The Chip Shortage” by Derick Lee at
“Spain is banning fruit and veg wrapped in plastic in 2023” by Poopeh Morakkabati at
“The spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 variant A.30 is heavily mutated and evades vaccine-induced antibodies with high efficiency” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“Startup claims its new wearable can monitor blood sugar without needles” by Jamal Simpson at
“Strange radio waves emerge from the direction of the galactic center” by Quinn Sena at
“This long-lasting hydrogel could be used to replace damaged human tissues” by Heather Blevins at
“This new laser technology can see inside our bodies like never before” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Ultracompact camera is the size of a salt grain” by Future Timeline at
“World’s first autonomous, all-electric container ship” by Future Timeline at
“‘World’s most advanced’ humanoid robot is unveiled in a UK lab” by Carse Peel at
“Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer” by Claudio Soprano at

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