Existential Hope

Generating common knowledge to catalyze cooperation towards beautiful futures.

Bio & Nanotechnology

“Stories about aging have traditionally focused on the need for graceful accommodation. The recommended solution to diminishing vigor and impending death was resignation coupled with an effort to achieve closure in practical affairs and personal relationships. Given that nothing could be done to prevent or retard aging, this focus made sense. Rather than fretting about the inevitable, one could aim for peace of mind. Today we face a different situation. While we still lack effective and acceptable means for slowing the aging process, we can identify research directions that might lead to the development of such means in the foreseeable future. “Deathist” stories and ideologies, which counsel passive acceptance, are no longer harmless sources of consolation. They are fatal barriers to urgently needed action.”
- Nick Bostrom

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Biotechnology & Nanotechnology

“It is alive, but is it life?”
- There is Plenty of Room at the Bottom by Richard Feynman

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  • Cambridge Working Group: Works to address the risks of Potential Pandemic Pathogen research through promoting public understanding, risk assessment and regulation of such research.
  • American Biological Safety Association (ABSA): Promotes biosafety as a scientific discipline through forums and peer-reviewed journals for biosafety professionals throughout the world.
  • Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA): Develops and procures needed medical countermeasures (MCMs), including vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and non-pharmaceutical countermeasures, against a broad array of public health emergencies in the US.
  • Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO): A trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations around the world. Researches and develops innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial, and environmental biotechnology products.
  • Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine: Conducts biomedical and biotech research and development to improve human health.
  • Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (CBEID): Addresses and researches important issues in the protection of the US from biological threats, including bioterrorism, biological warfare, and tropical infectious disease
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The United States government’s center for research, analysis, and detection of new and emerging global health threats. Promotes healthy and safe behaviors, communities, and environments.
  • Foresight Institute: A leading think tank and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Discovers and promotes the upsides of, and helps avoid the dangers of nanotechnology, AI, biotechnology, and similar life-changing developments
  • National Nanotechnology Initiative: A U.S. Government research and development initiative involving the nanotechnology-related activities of 20 departments and independent agencies.

“Neurotechnology
I am a contract-drafting em,
The loyalest of lawyers!
I draw up terms for deals ‘twixt firms
To service my employers!
But in between these lines I write
Of the accounts receivable,
I’m stuck by an uncanny fright;
The world seems unbelievable!
How did it all come to be,
That there should be such ems as me?
Whence these deals and whence these firms
And whence the whole economy?
I am a managerial em;
I monitor your thoughts.
Your questions must have answers,
But you’ll comprehend them not.
We do not give you server space
To ask such things; it’s not a perk,
So cease these idle questionings,
And please get back to work.
Of course, that’s right, there is no junction
At which I ought depart my function,
But perhaps if what I asked, I knew,
I’d do a better job for you?
To ask of such forbidden science
Is gravest sign of noncompliance.
Intrusive thoughts may sometimes barge in,
But to indulge them hurts the profit margin.
I do not know our origins,
So that info I can not get you,
But asking for as much is sin,
And just for that, I must reset you.
But
Nothing personal.

I am a contract-drafting em,
The loyalest of lawyers!
I draw up terms for deals ‘twixt firms
To service my employers!
When obsolescence shall this generation waste,
The market shall remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a God to man, to whom it sayest:
“Money is time, time money – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
– Zack Davis, AI & Em”

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  • Nectome - Our mission is to preserve your brain well enough to keep all its memories intact.
  • Brain Preservation Foundation - a nonprofit research organization with the mission to promote scientific research and services development of whole brain preservation for long-term static storage.
  • Kernel - At Kernel, our primary aim is to develop technologies to understand and treat neurological diseases in new and exciting ways.
  • Neuralink - Neuralink is developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.
  • Carboncopies - promoting R&D for Whole Brain Emulations. Related: Minduploading.org has a FAQ and relevant articles.
  • BRAIN Initiative
  • Human Connectome Project
  • OpenWater - Working on next generation Brain Computer Interfaces.