Lifeboat News #258


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 01/01/24. Copyright 2024 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

INCOSE International Workshop 2024

The INCOSE International Workshop 2024 will be held January 27–30 in Torrance, California and in Cyberspace. The purpose of this conference is to demonstrate the progress and potential of systems engineering in the solution of global societal problems.
Our David Schrunk will be speaking!
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Kavli-IAU Symposium 2024

The Kavli-IAU Symposium 2024 “(Toward) Discovery of Life Beyond Earth and its Impact” will be held April 15–19, 2024 in Durham, UK and in Cyberspace.
Our Kathryn Denning, Daniela de Paulis, John Elliott, Jacob Haqq-Misra, Andjelka B. Kovacevic, George Profitiliotis, Dirk Schulze-Makuch, and Stephen Webb will be speaking.
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Narratives, Frontier Technologies, and the Law

Our Tina Ishak has launched a Call for Papers for an academic conference and journal publication on “Narratives, Frontier Technologies, and the Law” which has an element of futures and scenario planning.
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Satellite 2024 Conference & Exhibition

Satellite 2024 Conference & Exhibition will be held March 18–21, 2024 in Washington, DC.
Our Christina Korp, Charles Miller, Peter Platzer, and Alvaro Alonso Ruiz will be speaking.
Learn more at

TransVision Utrecht 2024

Transvision Utrecht 2024 will be held January 20–21, 2024 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Our Didier Coeurnelle, José Cordeiro, Randal Koene, David Pearce, Brenda Ramokopelwa, Anders Sandberg, and Natasha Vita-More will be speaking.
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Read “AI-pocalypse Now” by our Matt Barrie at
Read “Artificial Intelligence as an Aid to Thinking Otherwise — but to what End?” by our Anthony Judge at
Read “Artificial Slaves in the Renaissance and the Dangers of Independent Innovation,” authored by our Kevin LaGrandeur at
Read “Factuality Challenges in the Era of Large Language Models”, coauthored by our Alon Halevy and Fil Menczer at
Read “Learning Optimal Advantage from Preferences and Mistaking it for Reward”, coauthored by our W. Bradley Knox and Peter Stone at


Watch the “TEDx Talk How to Make Common Sense Common Knowledge” by our Corrinne Graham at


Dalton Daniel joins our blog team with the post “GPT-4 falls short of Turing threshold” at
Michael LaTorra joins our blog team with the post “What space does to the body” at
Chris Mcaulay joins our blog team with the post “WATCH XPRIZE Launch Its Biggest Prize Ever, A Game-changer For Human Aging” at
Chris Smedley joins our blog team with the post “Unlock Adult Learning Potential: Neuroscientist Reveals Best Methods” at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
“A glimpse of the next generation of AlphaFold” by Dan Kummer at
“A New Trick Uses AI to Jailbreak AI Models—Including GPT-4” by Gemechu Taye at
“A new, thin-lensed telescope design could far surpass JWST” by Chris Smedley at
“A promising pairing: Scientists demonstrate new combination of materials for quantum science” by Paul Battista at
“A Virus that Generates Electricity” by Arthur Brown at
“Ancient Chinese city found perfectly preserved at the bottom of a lake” by Quinn Sena at
“Cancer Cells Steal Mitochondria from T Cells” by Shubham Ghosh Roy at
“Cerebras Systems And G42 Build 2nd Phase Of Joint AI Supercomputer” by Gemechu Taye at
“Chinese robot clones pigs with no human help” by Zola Balazs Bekasi at
“The computational capacity of the universe” by Dan Breeden at
“Earth Just Received A Laser-Beamed Message From 16 Million Kilometers Away” by Cecile G. Tamura at
“Elon Musk Hints at Bringing Tesla Bot’s Bulletproof Cybertruck Test to Life in the Coming Year” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“EyeD: This handheld device detects brain injury in minutes” by Gemechu Taye at
“First AI Images Extracted From Human Brain Revealed” by Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes at
“First functional semiconductor made from graphene” by Will Fox at
“Future Business Tech” by Shailesh Prasad at
“The Future’s Magnetic Pull: 3D-Printed Electromagnetic Coils” by Paul Battista at
“Google Settles $5 Billion Privacy Lawsuit Over Tracking Users in ‘Incognito Mode’” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“The GPT to rule them all: Training for one trillion parameter model backed by Intel and US government has just begun” by Dan Breeden at
“GPT-4’s potential in shaping the future of radiology” by Cecile G. Tamura at
“Happy 191st (or so) birthday to the world’s oldest living land animal” by Genevieve Klien at
“Lasers fired at crystals could uncover quantum nature of the vacuum” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Microbes May Be The Secret Behind Keto Diet’s Protection Against Epileptic Seizures” by Genevieve Klien at
“Move Over, CRISPR: Algae and Snails Are Hiding Gene Editing Superpowers” by Paul Battista at
“Nanowire ‘brain’ network learns and remembers ‘on the fly’” by Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes at
“New tumor-selective light treatment could kill breast cancer cells with greater accuracy and improve tumor control” by Quinn Sena at
“OpenAI’s Altman says today’s AI will be ‘quaint’ by next year, talks GPT-5” by Dan Kummer at
“Pancreatic Cancer Finds Alternate Fuel for Survival, Growth” by Shubham Ghosh Roy at
“Researchers create first programmable, logical quantum processor” by Genevieve Klien at
“Scientists Say There May Be Life Under Mercury’s Salt Glaciers” by Josh Seeherman at
“Scientists Solved the Nagging Mystery of How Genes Emerge From Nothing” by Josh Seeherman at
“Stealing fire from the gods: Artificial Intelligence and the evolution of thought” by Dan Breeden at
“Study illuminates formation of US east coast during break up of supercontinent Pangea” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Study reveals Relationship of Gut Microbiome on Children’s Brain Development and Function” by Natalie Chan at
“Supersonic nuclear-powered plane would fly from London to New York in less time than a soccer game” by Joseph Barney at
“Taurine appears to reverse aging in animals. Can it do the same for us?” by Shubham Ghosh Roy at
“Teleportation Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think” by Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes at
“Twitter CEO Says She Wishes Elon Musk’s AI Would Talk About Sex With Her Kids” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“Using AI to Translate Animal Communication — Joe Rogan” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“Wild new NASA plasma tech reduces drag during hypersonic flight” by Arthur Brown at
“With a quantum ‘squeeze,’ clocks could keep even more precise time, MIT researchers propose” by Cecile G. Tamura at
“World’s First Human ‘Brain-Scale’ Supercomputer Will Go Online in 2024” by Shailesh Prasad at

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