The organization has a ton of areas that it's looking into, ranging from artificial intelligence to asteroids. A particular interest for the group revolves around building shields and lots of them, such as Neuroethics Shield — "to prevent abuse in the areas of neuropharmaceuticals, neurodevices, and neurodiagnostics."" Link to Original Source top
The article ends with "I can imagine that any effort like this would get caught up in a tremendous amount of international political wrangling that could easily add years on to the project. We should not let this happen, and we should remind each other that the space elevator is just the railroad car to space — the exciting stuff is the cargo inside and the possibilities out there. A space elevator is not a zero sum endeavor: it would enable lots of other big projects that are totally unfeasible currently. A space elevator would enable various international space agencies that have money, but no great purpose, to work together on a large, shared goal. And as a side effect it would strengthen international relations." Link to Original Source top
Maria Williams (959812) writes "The 2009 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award has been given to Peter de Jager on the tenth anniversary of Y2K which he helped avert. This award is in recognition of his 1993 warning which alerted the world to the potential disaster that might have occurred on January 1, 2000 and his efforts in the following years to create global awareness of the problem, and the possible solutions. His presentations, articles, and more than 2,000 media interviews contributed significantly to the world's mobilization to avoid that fate." Link to Original Source top
Google and NASA's backing demonstrates the growing mainstream acceptance of Ray's views, which include a claim that before the middle of this century artificial intelligence will outstrip human beings, ushering in a new era of civilization.
To be housed at NASA's Ames Research Center, a stone's-throw from the Googleplex, the Singularity University will offer courses on biotechnology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence." top
Maria Williams (959812) writes "MSNBC's Cosmic Log
"We've been listening for the signs of extraterrestrial civilizations for nearly 50 years — and if E.T.s are out there, they just might have picked up on the radio signals that we've been transmitting for even longer. More recently, some broadcasters have been sending intentional shout-outs to the aliens.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke spoke brilliantly, with hope and optimism for humanity in the long term. He finished by reminding us that many future prophecies are self-fulfilling, and that is the reason why we have to be positive about the future. And then I asked him a final question: "If you could tell people one thing, just one thing, what would that be?"
"Don't panic!" was his brief and sharp answer. And I think that he is right, we have to avoid panic and keep building a better future, carefully, here and beyond planet Earth, or planet Ocean, as he liked to say. The time of humanity's childhood is ending, and our "Carbon-based biped" species should mature into a higher post-biological level." top
Maria Williams (959812) writes "Found at the
AP, Nov. 3 —
The Foresight Unconference announced today that scientists have discovered that there in no world below 1 nanometer. "It's just space," said noted scientist Eric Drexler. "We don't know what to do!" Participants left dazed. Many decided to go back to philosophy, one attendee said.
"Like I said, It's full of stars!" said novelist Arthur C. Clarke, reached in Sri Lanka. "There's no there, there."
In a tragic note, famous author Ray Kurzweil was committed to an insane asylum, ranting "the Singularity isn't near! This is horrible!!!"
Participants then staged a bonfire outside of Yahoo! headquarters, burning copies of
Singularity Is Near and
Engines of Creation. "We've been totally mislead!" screamed one woman, ripping her clothes off and jumping in the fire. "It's all over!!!"
"It's my fault," admitted conference organizer Christine Peterson. "By calling it the 'unconference', I cancelled out the entire science of nanotechnology."" top
Apocalypse Soon? Naval Group to Discuss Extinction
If these defensive systems/catastrophic scenarios are something you feel the Navy should be pondering, visit the
Lifeboat Foundation's plea for donations. Lifeboat Foundation is dedicated "to helping humanity survive existential risks." The Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group contacted the foundation because it wants its future leaders to have the "opportunity to gain insights into the activities of the Lifeboat Foundation and have discussion about different programs you have to help 'safeguard humanity'."" top
Maria Williams (959812) writes "KurzweilAI.net
says "The Lifeboat Foundation has presented its 2007 Guardian Award to Dr. James Martin in recognition of the achievements of his Future of Humanity Institute in studying global catastrophic risks and the impacts of future technologies.
The award is given annually to a respected scientist or public figure who has warned of a future fraught with dangers and encouraged measures to prevent them.
James Martin, author of 102 textbooks, founded the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization, the
James Martin 21st Century School at the University of Oxford, and The Future of Humanity Institute, which studies how anticipated technological developments may affect the human condition in fundamental ways, and how we can better understand, evaluate, and respond to radical change. FHI currently runs four interrelated research programs: human enhancement, global catastrophic risks, methodology and rationality, and impacts of future technologies."" top
Maria Williams (959812) writes "InstaPundit
reports that Transhumanists advocate the improvement of human capacities through advanced technology. Not just technology as in gadgets you get from Best Buy, but technology in the grander sense of strategies for eliminating disease, providing cheap but high-quality products to the world's poorest, improving quality of life and social interconnectedness, and so on. Technology we don't notice because it's blended in with the fabric of the world, but would immediately take note of its absence if it became unavailable. (Ever tried to travel to another country on foot?) Technology needn't be expensive — indeed, if a technology is truly effective it will pay for itself many times over.
Transhumanists tend to take a longer-than-average view of technological progress, looking not just five or ten years into the future but twenty years, thirty years, and beyond. We realize that the longer you look forward, the more uncertain the predictions get, but one thing is quite certain: if a technology is physically possible and obviously useful, human (or transhuman!) ingenuity will see to it that it gets built eventually. As we gain ever greater control over the atomic structure of matter, our technological goals become increasingly ambitious, and their payoffs more and more generous. Sometimes new technologies even make us happier in a long-lasting way: the Internet would be a prime example.
Maria Williams (959812) writes "Get some shiny nanobiochips inserted into your brain and join the cool neurotechnology wave!
The LF report Neurotechnology and Society (2010-2060) says:
Since the time of the Industrial Revolution there has been a relatively consistent pattern of 50-year waves of techno-economic change. We are currently nearing the end of the fifth wave of information technology diffusion, while a sixth wave is emerging with converging advancements across the NBIC (nano-bio-info-cogno) space, making possible neurotechnology, the set of tools that can influence the human central nervous system, especially the brain." top
In it he says "Precisely because it has attained a measure of prominence, synthetic biology has attained a measure of power. At the very least, it has increased its power to influence people's thoughts and opinions, and so affect public debate. At the same time, technical trends that predate synthetic biology but will inevitably be associated with it have brought about the current risky landscape. The consequence is pretty clear.
On some day in the future, they are going to hit us. Fill in your own "they"; remember that "they" in 2006 may not be the same "they" as in 2016; remember that "they" in 2006 could be "he" or "she" in 2016; and fill in your own "us". On the day that they hit us, significant numbers of Uncle Bens are going to die. Fill in your own "Uncle Bens".
With great power comes great responsibility."" top
Maria Williams (959812) writes "KurzweilAI.net says:
"Energy 2020: A Vision Of The Future — A Report Retrieved From The Year 2020 Via A Wormhole".
By the year 2020, enhanced by nanotech, new energy sources — nuclear fusion, solar, fuel cells, hydrogen, space solar power satellites, and "bioenergy" using artificial bacteria to economically produce hydrocarbons — overtake gas and eventually substitute most fossil fuel production on the planet, in this
scenario by José Luis Cordeiro on the future of energy." top
David Brin discusses the dangers and benefits humanity will face as we move towards a
technological singularity which may happen within one human generation. David has been both a NASA consultant and physics professor and is a well-known American author of science fiction." top
Maria Williams (959812) writes "Alan H. Goldstein, inventor of the A-PRIZE, and popular science columnist,
Scientists are on the verge of breaking the carbon barrier — creating artificial life and changing forever what it means to be human. And we're not ready...
Nanofabricated animats may be infinitesimally tiny, but their electrons will be exactly the same size as ours — and their effect on human reality will be as immeasurable as the universe. Like an inverted SETI program, humanity must now look inward, constantly scanning technology space for animats, or their progenitors. The first alien life may not come from the stars, but from ourselves." top
Maria Williams (959812) writes "The Lifeboat Foundation has launched the A-PRIZE. This prize is awarded
to "the person or organization responsible for
creating an Animat/Artificial life form with an emphasis on the safety
of the researchers, public, and environment OR the person or
organization who shows that an Animat/Artificial life form has been
created. (The second case is to uncover unpublicized or unsafe
For nearly half a century, SETI efforts have Searched for
Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Instead of searching for alien life
outside our planet, the Lifeboat Foundation has decided to take the
opposite approach and to search for "alien" life on this planet. They
call their efforts "Finding Artificial Life Created by
Nanobiotechnology" (FALCN, which is pronounced like falcon)."