Lifeboat News #239


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 06/01/22. Copyright 2022 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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.
I have said that, when addressing existential risk, giving up and hiding under the bed is usually not the best strategy. However, sometimes it may be best, because strategy sometimes backfires.
Chasing existential opportunity could be an existential risk too, because it could fail to work and eliminate the opportunity. This column tries to replicate the talk a football coach gives to his team before the big game: “Get out there and win!” Big guys trying to clobber each other—what could possibly go wrong? Because of this, the University of Chicago abolished its football team in 1939 (and reestablished it in 1963). First do no harm. But if we want to improve a situation, it is impossible to totally eliminate the possibility of harm. At least think about, and be careful about, possible side effects.

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Building Musk’s Path to Mars

Read Special Report “Building Musk’s path to Mars” by our John Strickland at
To the public, the media and even some of the space community, the last year for SpaceX has not seemed to be progressing that fast. However, right before our eyes, what Musk calls “stage zero”, the complex launch tower and associated platform and tank farm, was being designed and built and is now almost ready to support launches. Steady progress has been made in the production of and design improvements to the two main space vehicles, the Starship stage and the Super Heavy booster. The capacity to build more vehicles at Boca Chica is shortly to be four times larger, as a much larger high bay building nears completion.


Recent interesting blog posts include:
“The $93-billion plan to put astronauts back on the Moon” by Logan Thrasher Collins at
“A Cancer Trial’s Unexpected Result: Remission in Every Patient” by Sean Brazell at
“A greater world is possible! Adriano V. Autino presents his book” by Adriano Autino at
“A Promising Method for Life-Detection” by Dirk Schulze-Makuch at
“A researcher’s avatar was sexually assaulted on a metaverse platform owned by Meta” by Nicholi Avery at
“About 200 years ago, the world started getting rich. Why?” by Ken Otwell at
“AI system inspects astronauts’ gloves for damage in real-time” by Shahriar Mahmud at
“An already-approved drug could help repair the brain after a stroke” by Genevieve Klien at
“Are NFTs Bad for the Environment?” by Steve Nichols at
“Blood Test #3 in 2022: Supplements, Diet” by Mike Lustgarten at
“Bold Biotech Startup Set to Bring TIGER and ZEBRA Meat to Your Dinner Plates This Year” by Jeff Myers at
“Could We All Be Martians?” by Dirk Schulze-Makuch at
“Cybernetic Theory: Interpretive Model of Everything We Call the Universe” by Alex Vikoulov at
“Directly Imaging Exoplanets with Dr. Thayne Currie” by Alan Jurisson at
“Energy Dome launches world’s first CO2 battery energy storage facility” by Shane Hinshaw at
“Exploring Space with NASA Astronaut Victor Glover (Live from the Smithsonian)” by Alan Jurisson at
“The first fully automated mind-controlled Human arm” by Heather Blevins at
“First human patient injected with revolutionary cancer-killing virus” by Paul Battista at
“Fmr. Marine Elliot Ackerman: Ukraine Has a Three-to-One Advantage | Amanpour and Company” by Sergio Tarrero at
“Gwynne Shotwell says SpaceX will reach Mars by 2030! But why must we become multiplanetary?” by Ron Friedman at
“Ironic! Norway is Building a Massive Wind Farm to Boost Oil Production” by Genevieve Klien at
“Is Aging Reversible? A Scientific Look with David Sinclair (Clip from a TEDx) (S/T en Español)” by Andrés Grases at
“It’s Official: Astronomers Have Discovered Another Earth” by Eamon Everall at
“MIT joins a major startup backed by Bill Gates to build a viable fusion machine” by Gemechu Taye at
“NASA InSight Still Hunting Marsquakes as Power Runs Down (News Audio + Visuals)” by Alan Jurisson at
“Neil deGrasse Tyson Reacts to Elon Musk Buying Twitter” by Sergio Tarrero at
“New laser-drilled filter can remove microplastics from wastewater” by Liliana Alfair at
“New transistor could cut 5% from world’s digital energy budget” by Chima Wisdom at
“Organic Transistors Explained. Printing CPUs at Home. What is Smart Skin” by Ken Otwell at
“Power to the Players” by Sergio Tarrero at
“Science rejuvenates woman’s skin cells to 30 years younger — BBC News” by Jimmy Quaresmini at
“Scientists prove diseased blood vessels communicate with the brain” by Nicholi Avery at
“Space hotel with artificial gravity will be in orbit by 2025” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“Starship 24 ready to fly to orbit!” by Adriano Autino at
“Technological innovation is spurring evolutionary changes. Here’s how humanity may look 10,000 years from now” by Len Rosen at
“Tesla Model Y with new 4680 cells shows impressive potential for faster charging” by Genevieve Klien at
“These Nanobots Can Swim Around a Wound and Kill Bacteria” by Dan Kummer at
“This pistonless engine runs on hydrogen and revs to 25k rpm” by Claudio Soprano at
“Top 20 Awesome Robot Animals” by Ovie Desire at
“Towards The Cybernetic Theory of Mind | Part V of Consciousness: Evolution of the Mind Documentary” by Alex Vikoulov at
“Transparency on demand: A novel process can render artificial materials transparent or even entirely invisible” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Using an Endemic Virus as a Gene Therapy for Life Extension” by Montie Adkins at

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