Saturday, September 02, 2006

"The roster of Lifeboat Foundation Scientific Advisory Board members today
totaled 200 with the addition of multidisciplinary scientist/author Howard
Bloom, who is bringing together space scientists to explore beaming solar power
from space and setting up a colony off-planet in case humanity is extinguished
due to warfare.

The Board's members, grouped in 23 sub-boards, include inventor/futurist Ray
Kurzweil; Alex Wolszczan, discoverer of the first planets ever found outside
our solar system; Ian Foster, "father of grid computing," Frank Wilczek, winner
of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics; Sir Clive W.J. Granger, winner of the 2003
Nobel Prize in Economics; and Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in

The Board's research programs, designed to deal with future existential risks,
now total 21. The newest: LifePreserver (radical life-extending and
life-enhancing technologies), PersonalityPreserver (such as uploading),
SeedPreserver (storing seeds in a safe location), BioPreserver (preserving
animal life and diversity on the planet), ClimateShield (protecting against
harmful climate changes), EnergyPreserver (such as solar power from space),
InfoPreserver (preserving civlization's information), and NeuroethicsShield
(prevent abuse from neuropharmaceuticals, neurodevices, and neurodiagnostics).

The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to
ensuring that humanity safely adopts increasingly powerful technologies,
including genetics/biotechnology, nanotechnology, and robotics/AI, as we move
towards the Singularity."


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