Lifeboat News #145


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 08/01/14. Copyright 2014 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity

Our Zoltan Istvan, Scott Jackisch, Pavel Luksha, Gary Marcus, Hank Pellissier, Anna Petrova, Fred Stitt, and Peter Voss will be speaking at the Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity conference which will be held September 20th in Piedmont, California.
Learn more at

The Leverage and Centrality of Mind

Our Preston Estep III and Alexander Hoekstra won third prize with the essay "The Leverage and Centrality of Mind" in the 2014 How Should Humanity Steer the Future FQXi Essay Contest.
Learn more at
Read the essay at


Our James Giordano has been appointed to the Neuroethics, Legal, and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). His new book, "Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense: Practical Considerations, Neuroethical Concerns", published by CRC Press, will be released in September.
Learn about James at
Read his book at

Recommended Books

Read "The Nature of Value: How to Invest in the Adaptive Economy" by our Nick Gogerty at
Read "Virtually Human: The Promise — and the Peril-- of Digital Immortality" by our Martine Rothblatt with a forward by our Ray Kurzweil at


We are working with Sara Gardephe to create a short introductory video for our YouTube channel. Our YouTube channel is at
The latest draft of this introductory video is at with password Lucy
The audio portion needs a bit of work and we are looking for a voice talent (preferably female) to record our short script which is attached below.
Send an email to [email protected] with the subject "Lifeboat Foundation YouTube" if you know someone who can help out!
Script for video:
The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics/AI, as we move towards the Singularity.
Lifeboat Foundation is pursuing a variety of options, including helping to accelerate the development of technologies to defend humanity, such as new methods to combat viruses, effective nanotechnological defensive strategies, and even self-sustaining space colonies in case the other defensive strategies fail.
Watch our videos below!


Karlyn Hixson joins our blog team with the post "Virtually Human, by Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D." at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
"3D Printed Prosthetics" by Seb at
"5 US States Poised to Promote Bitcoin-Friendly Regulation" by Seb at
"Jacque Fresco's book 'Designing the Future'" by Harry J. Bentham at
"Meet the magical computing that puts the human into artificial intelligence" by Seb at
"Open Source SynBio?" by Harry J. Bentham at
"Reengineering Strategies & Tactics" by Benjamin T. Solomon at
"Tesla Versus Chevy Volt, Case Study Part 1" by Benjamin T. Solomon at

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since our last newsletter:
Michael Dickey: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Anonymous: $17.23 (composed of 0.037 bitcoins), Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, and Roland Schiefer: $10.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.