Lifeboat News #247


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 02/01/23. Copyright 2023 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Guardian Award

The Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award is annually bestowed upon a respected scientist or public figure who has warned of a future fraught with dangers and encouraged measures to prevent them.
For the first time since 2006, we have two joint recipients of the Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award. This year’s recipients are Jerome C. Glenn and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who are defending against world existential risks and country existential risks, respectively.

Jerome C. Glenn

Jerome C. Glenn cofounded and directs the Millennium Project, the leading global participatory think tank supported by international organizations, governments, corporations, and NGOs which produces the internationally recognized State of the Future reports. He was the Washington, DC representative for the United Nations University as executive director of the American Council for the UNU 1988–2007.
Jerry is working to protect the human race from extinction. For example, his The Millennium Project is calling for a new UN office to coordinate global research to prevent human extinction in an open letter to the UN Secretary-General, working with 200 leaders.
The Millennium Project also submitted a proposal to give us Friendly AI instead of having AI being developed by organizations like Google who dropped “Don’t be evil” from their slogan.
They proposed: “AGI leaders together with governments and UN systems create agreements on the governance of initial conditions for the development of AGI in the interest of humanity. IEEE and ISO define the standards and metrics for AGI audits. Interpol is automatically notified whenever an AGI fails an audit, and freezes the AGI until it passes the audit.”
Jerry says: “If we don’t get the initial conditions ‘right’ for Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI) could evolve without our awareness and not to our benefit.”

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Major wars are becoming less common due to large alliances that include countries with nuclear weapons. For example, in Europe, we have NATO with 30 member countries. Unfortunately for Ukraine, they were not part of NATO because they believed Russia when Russia said that them joining NATO would be a provocation.
The opposite was true, and by not joining NATO, Ukraine became a juicy target as were other recent Russian targets of Georgia, Chechnya, and Moldova. Those targets joined a long list of other targets last century including Japan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Germany, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia.
When Russia’s giant military invaded Ukraine with its quite small military, many predicted that it would fall in a matter of days. Accordingly, the U.S. offered to evacuate their president Volodymyr Zelenskyy after the U.S. had already run for it and had evacuated its embassy in Ukraine.
Volodymyr replied, “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.” Russian forces came within minutes of catching him, so the danger to him was real and which is why his many visits to the front since then don’t seem very high risk to him after his very perilous day on the first day on the invasion.
Besides the option of fleeing the country, Volodymyr had the option to flee to a bunker outside Kyiv but in Ukraine that the president could have gone to, which was secure and could withstand a long siege. However, he refused to leave Kyiv, instead taking to the streets despite nearby fighting to record video addresses to the Ukrainian people.
Courage runs in his family. Volodymyr is Jewish and his great-grandfather and his grandfather’s three brothers all fought against the Nazis but only his grandfather survived to return home.
Volodymyr’s courageous fight is helping to continue to move us towards a world with big alliances that will no longer allow the strong to dominate the weak. By stopping the Russian assault on his capital despite having no modern ships, planes, or tanks, Volodymyr bought time for a growing alliance to start to send him more and more support.
About 75 countries (almost 40% of all countries!) have provided support of some type to Ukraine so far, with East European countries such as Estonia, Latvia, Poland, and Lithuania providing the most support per GDP while the United States, with its massive economy and the world’s largest military, making a big difference in this world-wide effort to protect the weak from the strong.
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17th World Congress on Controversies in Neurology

The 17th World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy) will take place on March 23–25, 2023 in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
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Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference NSRC-2023

Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference NSRC-2023, the premier conference for researchers and educators interested in commercial suborbital reusable vehicles, will be held February 27 to March 1 in Denver, Colorado USA.
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Nexus Nairobi

Nexus Nairobi is a singularly powerful, immersive four-day gathering, taking place January 31 to February 4, 2023 in Kenya, presented by 100 Year Starship. Designed & hosted by Dr. Mae Jemison and the 100YSS team, Nexus Nairobi brings together a global community of doers, thinkers, advocates, leaders, organizers, dreamers — committed to advancing a beneficial future here on Earth and beyond to learn, contribute, and grow in an immersive, engaged experience. Nexus is a hybrid event — in-person (limited) and virtual (live-streamed with rewind).
Our Jason Batt, David Brin, Jaym Gates, David Orban, and Rhonda Stevenson will be speaking.
Enter the code LifeboatFoundation2023code at registration for a special offer for virtual participation. Limited to the first 30 registrants. Applies to standard and student registrations.
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Read “Ad Infinitum: The Continuing Adventures of the Infinity Club” by our Alex Thatcher at
Read “Days V”, a collection of poems and “Myriad Voices”, a collection of short stories, by our Sarita Sharma. They are at and
Read “Journey to Everywhere” by our Mike Kawitzky at
This gonzo auto-biography documents the evolution of cyber-consciousness via social networking from a uniquely South African viewpoint.
Read “Mobius: A Memoir” by our Richard Thieme at
This book is a stunning exploration of the impact of a life of deception and professional intelligence work which illuminates the world in which we all now live.
Read “Modified: Living as a Cyborg”, coedited by Chris Hables Gray at
Building off the highly successful “The Cyborg Handbook”, this new collection of essays, interviews, and creative pieces brings together a set of compelling personal accounts about what it means to live as a cyborg in the twenty-first century.
Lifeboat members can use discount code FLR40, or if they want to review it or check it out to teach they can get it for free.
Read “Our Fruiting Bodies” by our Nisi Shawl at
This book collects stories of old growth and fresh decay, of stubborn rebirth, and the faint but nonimaginary paths connecting life and nonlife.
Read “Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires” by our Douglas Rushkoff at
Read “Technology vs. Humanity: The coming clash between man and machine” by our Gerd Leonhard at


International news organization Longevity joins our blog team with the post “Micronutrient Supplementation to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk” at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
“4 Mind-Boggling Technology Advances In Store For 2023” by Chuck Brooks at
“A bot that watched 70,000 hours of Minecraft could unlock AI’s next big thing” by Dan Kummer at
“A cutting-edge radar system could be a front-line tool to fight dangerous space junk” by Atanas Atanasov at
“Alzheimer’s tied to cholesterol, abnormal nerve insulation” by Dan Kummer at
“Another Universe Existed Before Ours — And Energy From It Is Coming Out Of Black Holes” by Shubham Ghosh Roy at
“Artificial wombs: The coming era of motherless births?” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“Bioengineering Breakthrough: New Implant Can Restore Sight to the Blind” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“The Concept of Unlimited Solar Energy From Space is One Step Closer to Reality” by 21st Century Tech Blog at
“David Sinclair Talks about the Future of Longevity Research (Clips with S/T in Spanish)” by Andrés Grases at
“Disremembering-Prelude” by Liliana Alfair at
“The Disturbing Reality of Cobalt Mining for Rechargeable Batteries” by Nicholi Avery at
“Dogs Cry Tears of Joy: Study” by Raphael Ramos at
“‘Dynamic Soaring’ Could See Interstellar Probes Reach Super Speeds” by Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes at
“Engineers solve a mystery on the path to smaller, lighter batteries” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system” by Nicholi Avery at
“Four-million-mile battery is now a reality” by Quinn Sena at
“Gene expression data point to exercise as the most effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease” by Genevieve Klien at
“Has anyone heard of atmospheric water generators?” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“Ikea Is Replacing Styrofoam Packaging With Compostable Mushroom-Foam” by Raphael Ramos at
“Lab-grown nerve cells to replace those destroyed by Parkinson’s in breakthrough treatment” by Gemechu Taye at
“Laser satellite shatters space-to-Earth data transmission speed record” by Genevieve Klien at
“Life on Mars? Scientists confirm that Mars’ Jezero Crater was full of organic materials” by Gemechu Taye at
“Meet The Bioprinted Pancreas That Could End Diabetes” by Quinn Sena at
“Millions of ‘Silent Synapses’ Could Be The Key to Lifelong Learning” by Paul Battista at
“Mysterious object shines 570 billion times more powerful than the Sun” by Shubham Ghosh Roy at
“New CRISPR-based tool inserts large DNA sequences at desired sites in cells” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“New Molecule Destroys Alzheimer’s-Causing Amyloid Tangles” by Genevieve Klien at
“Nuclear fusion triggers an overreaction” by Ken Otwell at
“Overpopulation myth — Having kids will not destroy the planet. Perhaps it can even help” by Ron Friedman at
“Pulsar Fusion — In orbit assembly of nuclear fusion rocket” by Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes at
“Scientists Are Investigating Signs of Ancient Human Civilization Underwater” by Josh Seeherman at
“Scientists Created an Artificial Neuron That Actually Retains Electronic Memories” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“Scientists find material with highest toughness ever recorded” by Future Timeline at
“Scientists have provided a solution for humans to achieve immortality and come back from the dead” by Dan Breeden at
“Study finds DNA repair declines with age, limiting fertility” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Tesla reportedly places massive order of next-gen self-driving chips with TSMC” by Eric Klien at
“These gloves can teach you to play the piano. And maybe heal your brain” by Raphael Ramos at
“This is Huge: Scientists Successfully ‘Warp’ Time In The Lab, Based On Einstein’s Theory” by Dan Breeden at
“Ukraine receives 41 hospital generators from Kazakhstan” by Eric Klien at
“US scientists reach long-awaited nuclear fusion breakthrough, source says” by Claudio Soprano at
“What Happens When Everyone Realises We Can Live Much Longer? We May Find Out As Soon As 2025” by Paul Battista at
“World’s largest wave power plant to be built in Turkey” by Gemechu Taye at

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