Lifeboat News #209


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 12/01/19. Copyright 2019 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Twitter Philanthropy Update

As our contribution to Twitter Philanthropy, Lifeboat Foundation is giving away $1,000 to one person who both retweets our tweet at plus is following us. Deadline to retweet is Dec 31, 2019.

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.
The 2019 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award has been given to Jill Tarter in recognition of her 40 years spent in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Jill’s goal is to learn if there are any alien intelligences outside of our “fragile island of life”.
There are real dangers that could stop civilizations from moving forward and the human race is not guaranteed to survive. As Jill says, “If technologies don’t last and persist, we will not succeed.”
Learn more at

2020 International Conference on Future Africa

The 2020 International Conference on Future Africa will be held April 21–23 at the University of Rwanda.
The theme of the conference is “Compliance to Global Sustainability” and will be offering sessions regarding Climate Change, Renewable Energies, Internet of Things, Futurism, Transhumanism, Neuroscience, Biotech, International Politics, Digital Leadership/Business, and much more.
Our Didier Coeurnelle, Alejandro De la Parra Solomon, Ósìnàkáchì Ákùmà Kálù, Anthony Kimery, Doris Ngozi Morah, Ira Pastor, and Ilia Stambler will be participating/speaking. The Lifeboat Foundation is one of the hosts of this event.
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Brent Ellman joins our blog team with the post “To Make Robots Perform Better, Make Them Constantly Fear Death” at
Jason Stone joins our blog team with the post “Scientists Are Contemplating a 1,000-Year Space Mission to Save Humanity” at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
“$13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park rises from Dubai desert” by Montie Adkins at
“2020 is The Year of The $1 Trillion Space Economy” by Klaus Baldauf at
“7 Classic Books To Deepen Your Understanding of Artificial Intelligence” by Müslüm Yildiz at
“AI-enabled weapons could wage war with a speed and complexity that is beyond human understanding” by Vivek Jaiswal at
“AI enables design of spray-on coating that can generate solar energy” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Apocalypse Then: When Y2K Didn’t Lead To The End Of Civilization” by Derick Lee at
“Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the sky, might be on the brink of explosion” by Genevieve Klien at
“Can The U.S. Military Make An Airplane Invisible To The Naked Eye?” by Roger Dufur at
“China dreams of becoming an AI utopia — here’s the reality” by Derick Lee at
“Chinese gene-editing scientist jailed for 3 years” by Brent Ellman at
“Chip-to-chip quantum teleportation and multi-photon entanglement in silicon” by Shane Hinshaw at
“The complicated ethics of genetic engineering” by John Davies at
“Digit v2: Dynamic Obstacle Avoidance” by Dan Kummer at
“Elon Musk details SpaceX progress on latest Starship spacecraft build and flight timelines” by Genevieve Klien at
“Europe draws up plans for plasma-based particle accelerators” by Quinn Sena at
“The ‘Father of Artificial Intelligence’ Says Singularity Is 30 Years Away” by Michael Lance at
“Finally, machine learning interprets gene regulation clearly” by Shane Hinshaw at
“How Big Tech Manipulates Academia to Avoid Regulation” by John Gallagher at
“How to tell if a brain is awake” by Paul Battista at
“Information teleported between two computer chips for the first time” by Tracy R. Atkins at
“In leap for quantum computing, silicon quantum bits establish a long-distance relationship” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“In the 2020s, human-level A.I. will arrive, and finally ace the Turing test” by Dan Kummer at
“Killer Robots Aren’t Regulated. Yet” by Derick Lee at
“Laser R&D focuses on next-gen particle collider” by Quinn Sena at
“Longevity escape velocity” by Tanvir Ahmed at
“Mars 2020 rover to seek ancient life, prepare human missions” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Mystery effect speeds up the Universe — not dark energy, says study” by Paul Battista at
“NSA, Army Seek Quantum Computers Less Prone to Error” by Dan Kummer at
“On This Day in Space! Dec. 30, 1930: 1st Photo of the Curvature of the Earth” by Genevieve Klien at
“Parallel worlds exist and interact with our world, say physicists” by Paul Battista at
“Physicist Proposes Radical New ‘Stellar Engine’ That Could Move Our Entire Solar System” by Brent Ellman at
“Podcast #39: Quantum Computing, The State of The Art, featuring whurley” by Mark Sackler at
“Quantum Teleportation Reported in a Qutrit For The First Time” by Shailesh Prasad at
“The Race To Find A Cure For Aging” by John Davies at
“Research on Application of Artificial Intelligence in Computer Network Technology” by Müslüm Yildiz at
“Samsung Launches ‘Artificial Human’ Called Neon” by Genevieve Klien at
“Say Goodbye to Banking as We Know It” by Brent Ellman at
“Scientists recommend building a Martian settlement using bacteria” by Brent Ellman at
“Secretary-General Says United Nations Must Embrace Blockchain” by Brent Ellman at
“Stangle: Impossible burgers are made of what?” by Tracy R. Atkins at
“Thieves are now using AI deepfakes to trick companies into sending them money” by Joseph Barney at
“Understanding Distant Dust In Other Solar Systems Is Key To Imaging Exo-Earths, Says NASA” by Bruce Dorminey at
“Why Space Travels Faster Than Light” by Michael Lance at

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