Lifeboat News #248


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 03/01/23. Copyright 2023 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

World Futures Day

The World Futures Day by The Millennium Project, in cooperation with the Association of Professional Futurists (APF), Humanity+, Lifeboat Foundation, and the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF), will take place on March 1st for the 10th year!
Our Yul Anderson, Adriano Autino, Marsia Bealby, Nadja Bester, José Cordeiro, Franco Cortese, Francesco Da Vinci, Daniela de Paulis, Tom Diffenbach, Martin Dudziak, Jerry Edling, Paul Epping, Giorgio Gaviraghi, Jerome Glenn, Al Globus, Trevor Haldenby, Robin Hanson, Rudi Hoffman, Maxim Kholin, Kevin LaGrandeur, Pavel Luksha, Andrea Maier, David Orban, Nonthapat “Brave” Pulsiri, Paul Saffo, Rohit Talwar, James Tankersley Jr., Jaba Tkemaladze, Hannah Went, and Bronwyn Williams will be speaking/participating.
You are invited to join the discussion on Zoom at on March 1st, ideally at noon in your time zone. (You can pick a different time if noon doesn’t work for you.)
Learn more at


Read “Beyond Knowledge: How Technology Is Driving an Age of Consciousness” by our William E. Halal at
Read “Eponymous Plot Device: A Collection of Short Science Fiction Stories” by our Jeremy Lichtman at
Read “Facebook Nation: Total Information Awareness: Third Edition” by our Newton Lee at
Read “The Future of Humanity: From Global Civilization to Great Civilization, Second Edition” by our Zhouying Jin at
Read “Photovoltaics for Space: Key Issues, Missions and Alternative Technologies”, coedited and coauthored by our Al Hepp at
Read “Silicon Anode Systems for Lithium-Ion Batteries” at and “Lithium-Sulfur Batteries: Advances in High-Energy Density Batteries” at, both coedited and coauthored by our Al Hepp.


Read the open access paper “Restriction enzymes use a 24 dimensional coding space to recognize 6 base long DNA sequences” by our Thomas D. Schneider at

Bobby Farlice-Rubio

Vermont House of Representative Bobby Farlice-Rubio joins our Policy Board. Learn more at


Recent interesting blog posts include:
“A new device can make drinking water from seawater at the push of a button” by Shubham Ghosh Roy at
“Advanced ‘Lab on a Chip’ — Scientists Have Created a Powerful, Ultra-Tiny Spectrometer” by Quinn Sena at
“Approaching optimal entangling collective measurements on quantum computing platforms Physics” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Astronomers find a way to detect a bizarre stellar object that exists for just a few milliseconds” by Atanas Atanasov at
“Bees may feel pain” by Raphael Ramos at
“ChatGPT is on its way to becoming a virtual doctor, lawyer, and business analyst. Here’s a list of advanced exams the AI bot has passed so far” by Raphael Ramos at
“China completes world’s largest solar telescope array with a whopping 313 dishes” by Alberto Lao at
“Cybernetic Theory: The Code of Reality & Our Future as Cybergods | Talk” by Alex Vikoulov at
“Discovery of ‘impossible’ superconductor promises 100x faster electronics” by Dan Breeden at
“Dubai to create world’s first 3D printed mosque” by Robin Indeededo at
“Elon Musk’s Starlink has 1M active subscribers globally amid expansion” by Eric Klien at
“Gene editing company plans to resurrect the dodo” by Future Timeline at
“Google Labs unveils Pitchfork, an AI that can convert old code to new code and rewrite itself” by Quinn Sena at
“Green Tea Is Associated With Reduced All-Cause Mortality Risk” by Mike Lustgarten at
“How AI found the words to kill cancer cells” by Quinn Sena at
“How To Have A HEALTHY 105-Year Lifespan (Soon 120-Years)” by Montie Adkins at
“Is Death Real? New Experiments Raise Important Questions on What it Means to Die” by Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes at
“Kent team creates material that can stop supersonic impacts” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“Madman Invents Robot Suit That Lets Snake Walk With Legs” by Shane Hinshaw at
“Metabolism: This Video Explains Metabolism” by Myra Sehar at
“Methods for building lunar landing pads may involve microwaving moon soil” by Genevieve Klien at
“Mirror test of wild penguins suggests they may possess self-awareness” by Nicholi Avery at
“New Blood Test Accurately Predicts Alzheimer’s Years Ahead of First Symptoms” by Paul Battista at
“New Estimates Suggest There Are Around 300 Million Habitable Planets in Our Galaxy” by Shubham Ghosh Roy at
“New Theory Suggests That the Origin of Life on Earth-Like Planets Is Likely” by Dan Breeden at
“Nuclear energy could help astronauts survive 336-hour-long lunar nights” by Atanas Atanasov at
“Plasma Propulsion Discovery Could Herald a ‘New Era of Space Exploration’” by Alberto Lao at
“Researcher uses AI to make texts that are thousands of years old readable” by Dan Kummer at
“Resting Heart Rate, Heart Rate Variability: What’s Optimal, 1600+ Days of Data” by Mike Lustgarten at
“Robot prototype with ‘human consciousness’ in the making: ‘This is bigger than curing cancer’” by Paul Battista at
“Rumoured AI-enhanced Nvidia graphics driver could boost performance” by Dan Kummer at
“Russia to send rescue mission to International Space Station after capsule leak” by Alberto Lao at
“Scientists discover a new mechanism to generate cartilage cells” by Raphael Ramos at
“Scientists invent biobatteries that can be powered inside the human body” by Gemechu Taye at
“Squid and human brains develop the same way despite diverging 500 million years ago” by Nicholi Avery at
“Surprising Discovery: MIT Neuroscientists Find That Adult Brain Is Filled With Millions of ‘Silent Synapses’” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“There is No Nuclear Option in War” by 21st Century Tech Blog at
“This AI chatbot will be playing attorney in a real US court” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“This bold new mission will try beaming solar power down from space” by Atanas Atanasov at
“Two potentially Earth-like planets found 16 light years away” by Future Timeline at
“VR mastermind John Carmack leaves Meta for good and goes all in on AGI” by Dan Kummer at
“Why 21 cm is the magic length for the Universe” by Shubham Ghosh Roy at

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