Lifeboat News #146


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 09/01/14. Copyright 2014 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Seal of Approval

The second edition of our book "The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen — and What to Do" received the Seal of Approval from the Washington Academy of Sciences.
You can learn more about this Seal of Approval at
You can read our book at
The Washington Academy of Sciences is looking for more books to consider for their Seal of Approval. If you have authored a science-heavy book that you think would pass a rigorous scientific review, send Peg Kay an email at [email protected] with the subject "Lifeboat Foundation Seal of Approval".

Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity Update

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

Into the Cloud Update

In the March 2014 edition of Lifeboat News we talked about our new cloud setup which had 75 times as much bandwidth as our old dedicated server setup.
At the suggestion of our Chris Haley (and with his help), we have now taken advantage of advancements in technology and have "downgraded" our Linode plan to a new plan that costs half as much as our old Linode plan but has twice the bandwidth of that plan. So we now have 150 times as much bandwidth as our old dedicated server setup! (We are also now based on SSDs instead of hard drives.)
By the way, if you happen to be a customer of Linode note that their estimated times to change your setup to a new plan are wildly off. For example, we were quoted 18 minutes on moving our setup to a new location and it actually took only 3 minutes.


Nick Cordingly joins our blog team with the post "Justice Beyond Privacy" at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
"Artificial Intelligence: How Algorithms Make Systems Smart" by Seb at
"What if Destiny were real? The UK's cities imagined with space travel" by Seb at
"Why Superintelligence May Not Help Us Think about Existential Risks — or Transhumanism" by Steve Fuller at
"Why the Ebola Fire can Almost Not be Stopped Anymore" by Otto E. Rössler 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: $11.91 (composed of 0.0250646 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.