Novamente joins the Methuselah Foundation’s “1% for Life” program

Pioneering Artificial Intelligence company Novamente LLC has donated one percent of its common stock to the Methuselah Foundation. Currently in stealth mode, San Francisco-based Novamente is working on revolutionary Artificial Intelligence products. The Methuselah Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to accelerating the development of foreseeable, science-based therapies to combat aging.

Methuselah Foundation CEO David Gobel commented, “We are grateful to Novamente for its generous donation, the first we hope of many that will follow as part of the Methuselah Foundation’s newly launched “1% for Life” program, for far-sighted corporations that want to support the rapidly accelerating efforts to find solutions to the debilities caused by aging”.

Novamente President Bruce Klein observed, “Since both Novamente and the Methuselah Foundation are operating at the leading edge of scientific progress, we at Novamente appreciate the enormous benefits that progress in Artificial Intelligence and Life Extension will confer on humanity. We consider our donation a wise investment in a brighter future for us all”.

About the Methuselah Foundation

The Methuselah Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to accelerating the development of foreseeable, science-based therapies to combat aging. Its main activities are the funding of SENS research, and the Methuselah Mouse Prize, which is being offered to the scientific research teams that significantly extend the lifespan of middle-aged laboratory mice. Further details of the Methuselah Foundation can be found at: www.methuselahfoundation.org

About Novamente

Novamente is a software product and development firm aimed at bridging the gap between narrow and general purpose Artificial Intelligence. Ongoing research brings the company’s Novamente Cognition Engine closer each month to powerful Artificial General Intelligence. Further details on Novamente can be found at: www.novamente.net

Michael Yamashita’s Blog Scan

Herein find the latest results of Michael Yamashita’s eye cast upon the blogosphere:

http://sentientdevelopments.blogspot.com/2007/03/kurzweil-shatner-and-de-grey-to-speak.html
… And I’ll be speaking, too :-) Not sure about what, though — maybe postgenderism or animal uplift. I’ll also be speaking about the ethics of radical life extension at the pre-conference event, Securing the Longevity Dividend: Building the Campaign for Anti-Aging Science. …
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http://www.acceleratingfuture.com/michael/blog/?p=358
… Update: I read the article, it’s mostly anti-immortality, but not in the severe way that you see from religionists. The quotes they picked from the interview I had with them were okay, and I think that they speak for themselves to an extent. Except they call me “obsessed” with halting death, and that is – how? A glance at this blog shows the …
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http://philanthropy.blogspot.com/2007/03/prize-marketplace-or-problem-with.html
… Listen to the story from Marketplace Google and the X Prize Foundation are expected to announce 10 major prizes to spur innovation in the social sector. The big event is on March 3rd at Google. The story from PRI’s Marketplace program heralds the return of “prize philanthropy.” Peter Diamandis, founder and chairman of The X Prize Foundation, …
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http://ouroboros.wordpress.com/2007/03/07/what-if-humans-were-designed-to-last/
… At The Scientist, a long article describes possible “fixes” to the problem of human aging: In the absence of planned form and designed function, what we have is a living machine that appears well thought out, but which fails when operated beyond its biological warranty period. Some anatomic fixes could make a difference in aging populations: …
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http://vierotchka.romandie.com/post/2785/55689
… “Aubrey de Grey, British biogerontologist and founder of SENS, controversially claims to have created a roadmap to defeat biological aging. In this talk, he argues that aging – like other diseases – can be cured, and that humans can live for centuries, if only we approach the aging process as “an engineering problem.” (Recorded July 2005 in …
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http://perfectingprocrastination.blogspot.com/2007/02/baby-remember-my-name.html
… This week, Carol of Feeling Peevish is a first-time host of the Roundtable, and she wants to leave a lasting impression. She’s been readingand she’s got death, aging and immortality on her mind. How would society be changed by people living much longer lives — not being “immortal” exactly, but if the average lifespan reached, say, 200 years, …
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http://veleda.livejournal.com/379841.html
… So updates with content..well not really but at least it shares one of the highlights of my week. on wednesday night I went to an informal transumanist gathering in Japantown with guest Maryland professor Ben Goetzel. I think between the ten or so us there we must have had a collective IQ of 1500. HAWT! I’ve been recruited to help plan the 2nd …
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http://willowperson.livejournal.com/122242.html
… Monday, July 23, 2007 Fairmont Hotel (same hotel as Transvision 2007 which will take place the following three days) Chicago, Illinois Sponsored by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies AGENDA 8:30am-9am Registration & coffee 9am-Noon Politics and Economics of the Longevity Dividend – Jay Olshansky Ph.D. “Securing the …
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http://sciencefictionbiology.blogspot.com/2007/03/transcendance-and-living-forever.html
… Too many blog posts, and too little time. That’s my only excuse for my poor posting regularity. A 2005 issue of MIT’s Technology Review had an interesting op-ed piece by editor-in-chief Jason Pontin about the elevation of technology into a “pseudoreligion” in many science fiction narratives. When the science fiction writer and journalist Bruce …
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http://shangaiexpress.blogsome.com/2007/03/11/aubrey-grey-y-china/
… No sé si lo habré dicho antes, pero siento una especial predilección por las personalidades excéntricas, sobre todo si
habitan en las islas británicas. Uno de esos ingleses excéntricos que mercen todos mis respetos por lo que su pensamiento tiene de provocador es Aubrey Grey. Grey es un genetista con un Ph D. por la Universidad de Cambridge (no … ** this article explains the problem in China of its rapidly aging population, as hundreds of millions are added to the middle class each year and the birthrate plummets.
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http://doctorlogic.blogspot.com/2007/03/transvision-2007.html
… The Tranvision will be in Chicago this year. And guess who’ll be there… William Shatner! Register now! Keynote presentations by: Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., Acclaimed longevity scientist Raymond Kurzweil, Inventor, Author, Futurist William Shatner, Emmy award winning actor Conference Chair Charlie Kam, Master of Ceremonies Presentations by: …
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http://berto-meister.blogspot.com/2007/03/is-inevitability-of-aging-real.html
… This is a very interesting video of a conference given by Aubrey de Grey arguing, rather provocatively, that the process of aging is not inevitable. His main argument is that biological and medical methods aimed at combating the aging process are hopeless, but that if we look at aging as an engineering problem, and apply a corresponding …
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http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=1245852&blogID=238522316
… Discussion of a new book “Forever and Ever” by Dan A. Baker This is a novel about future scientific discovery leading to aging reversal and immortality in a youthful state Greetings, This is a place for discussion of a new book: Forever and Ever by Dan A. Baker Review 1: “Dan Baker has found the pulse of modern biotechnology and brings it to …
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http://anti-ageing.us/2007/03/300-movie-parallels-three-hundred-of.html
… [ Greek phalanx in 300 movie poster] 300 proved to be a very enjoyable movie for me on different levels. As a historic piece, 300 certainly did justice to the heroic men that fought to the death for a cause they believed in. Time has obscured the true meaning of those 300. Did they fight a delaying action that allowed the main Greek army to …
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http://longevity-science.blogspot.com/2007/02/forever-and-ever.html
… Discussion of a new book “Forever and Ever” by Dan A. Baker This is a novel about future scientific discovery leading to aging reversal and immortality in a youthful state Greetings, This is a place for discussion of a new book: Forever and Ever by Dan A. Baker Review 1: “Dan Baker has found the pulse of modern biotechnology and brings it to …
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http://transsurvivalist.blogspot.com/2007/02/robert-anton-wilsons-ten-good-reasons.html
… Only now Robert Anton Wilson would have to replace “Bed” in this title with “the Coffin.” Apparently this essay first appeared in the old girlie magazine Oui in 1977. Boy, as an exercise in failed futurology, it really takes me back, with all those predictions about fundamental transformations in the human condition by the year 2000. On the far …
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http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=81958177&blogID=238519202
… For time immemorial, the human race has been obsessed with the idea of immortality. From theories of a soul outliving the physical form, to tales of fountains and elixirs which make one physically immortal, it seems that the human survival instinct exceeds it’s current longevity. What is it about the idea of Human immortality that has the human …
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http://yyue.blogspot.com/2007/03/urinals-et-al.html
… Before I say anything serious, here are some awesomely wild urinals. I’ve become more and more intrigued by the Methuselah Foundation, and the anti-aging movement in general. Unfortunately, I know next to nothing about molecular and cellular biology, so I’m drinking the kool-aid on nearly blind faith at this point. Of course, the fact that a …
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http://matts-cr.blogspot.com/2007/02/curiosity.html

… What is it that makes CRers and other life extension supporters different in their determination and ability to do CR. After watching the long documentary on Aubrey De Grey and his SENS project, it was obvious that the people who support this have a curiosity about them, they are optimistic people as Christopher sykes said. Some people only tend …
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http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=14454223&blogID=234900085
… There are prominent people all around you who believe that a mystical magical non human super intelligent being that they’ve never seen is going to allow them to live forever after they are dead. Life extensionists like me, Aubrey de Grey, Bruce Klein, and everybody else at places like imminst.org, sens.org, or mprize.org think that you …
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http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=146309030&blogID=232394173
… Scary!!!! Aubrey De Grey he has a Ph.D. in biology from Cambridge, where he works in the genetics department. He claims that within two decades, scientific breakthroughs could begin extending human life spans fast enough and far enough that people alive today could survive indefinitely. An …
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http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=115652458&blogID=233794711
… Aubrey de Gray Biografie: Seit 1992 arbeitet Dr. Aubrey de Grey an der renommierten Universität von Cambridge, Grossbritannien, auf dem Gebiet der Biogerontologie, der biologischen Erforschung der Alterungsvorgänge. Dabei gelangte der international angesehene Wissenschaftler zu überraschenden Forschungsresultaten und Aussagen was die …
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http://renork.blogspot.com/2007/03/aubrey-de-grey-defeating-aging.html
… This video is of a presentation done by futurist Aubrey de Grey. Aubrey has been one of the loudest voices in the discussion about extending the human life span by eliminating and eventually reversing aging. He makes some good points about how and why we should focus our time and energy into the research and development of this revolutionary …
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http://mamimagazine.com/wordpress/?p=21
… What Will Life Be Like in the Year 2189? Futurist and award winning writer explores how today’s science fiction could be the future’s reality Imagine a world where you can ‘speak’ to your friends telepathically, use a machine to turn your ideas into reality and where you can even take your mind out of your body and fly like a bird. Pretty …
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A Second Donation Group For The Three Hundred

If you want to support the work of the Methuselah Foundation on longevity research, but cannot pledge to join The Three Hundred as an individual, why not join one of the group memberships? The latest group pledge is made by Thoughtware.TV:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Now’s the time to be alive to see it all happen, to be a part of it. That makes the blood race, and each breath is an adventure.”

Welcome aboard!

Damien Crough Takes On the CFO Mantle at the Methuselah Foundation

From the desk of David Gobel, Methuselah Foundation CEO:

Starting today, Damien Crough is taking on day to day financial operational authority and responsibility for Methuselah Foundation in his role as Chief Financial Officer. Damien, Aubrey de Grey and I now make up the Expenses Committee for non-standard expenses.

Damien qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia over 15 years ago while he was working as an auditor with the leading international accounting firm. After qualifying, Damien spent time as the State Finance Manager of a very large Australian government department, and then later as the regional financial controller of an SEC listed company. Recently Damien has been providing very large companies and banks across Europe, and in India, Japan and the United States with advice on international accounting and financial risk management, as well as the associated procedures and controls. He has been a volunteer with the Methuselah Foundation since 2005.

I wish to thank Damien for taking on this key responsibility, and look forward to his continuing contributions to the growth and success of the Methuselah Foundation.

David Gobel
CEO, Methuselah Foundation