John Smart will give a talk, Chemical brain preservation: How to live "forever" at World Future 2012 in Toronto.
BPF is an all-volunteer run organization. If you like what we're doing and are interested in helping, consider which of the challenges below might fit with your passions and abilities, and drop us a line. We'd love to talk to you. Once you've been with us for twelve months, if there is mutual interest and you'd like to continue representing the nonprofit, you will become a member of BPF Staff. Some of our fantastic volunteers:
Ben Scarlato, Director of Outreach, is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, studying Computer Science with particular interests in artificial intelligence and security. He enjoys forests and striving to be cognitively and physically fit.
Robert McIntyre is a master's student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying Artificial Intelligence. He works on natural language processing, computer vision, and recreational hacking. Some of his work is on his blog, aurellem.org.
Brad Hesse is a student at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, studying Biology. He is interested in genetic engineering and the use of computers to model complex biological systems. He enjoys reading, deserts, and being up to date on current events.
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We are a young nonprofit, doing our little part on a big task: incentivizing the development of technologies that will verifiably preserve the features of the human brain that neuroscientists consider critical to our memory and identity, and working to make those technologies affordable and available to scientists and the general public earlier than would otherwise occur.
We do this in the hope that humanity may gain not only much greater understanding of the human brain, and the ability to build better and more biologically-inspired computers, but also a reliable alternative, for our memories and/or identities, to biological death, a terminal condition presently experienced by 150,000 people every day, or 57 million people a year, a number which is expected to rise annually until at least 2040. Biological death is a monumental and largely involuntary daily loss of mental and cultural complexity for our species, and it is a problem, yet unrecognized by many, that now seems on the verge of solution. There's never been more people alive on Earth who might benefit from such a solution than at the present time, and science has never been closer to a verified brain preservation technology.
Let's find out if an affordable and verifiable brain preservation option exists, and if it does, work hard to make it available to all who might wish to choose it in coming years, irrespective of their means.
There are many ways you can help. Our current volunteer categories are:
1. Scientific Website Research, Support, and Writing2. Competitor Identification, Outreach & SupportInterested in helping with any of these? Contact Ken Hayworth
3. Advisor Identification, Outreach & Support4. Fundraising - Major Gifts5. Fundraising - General Giving6. General Website Research, Support, and Writing
Interested in helping with any of these? Contact John Smart
7. Multimedia Development & Design (Pictures, Video, Audio)Interested in helping here? Contact Jake DiMare
8. Community Management - Blog9. Community Management - Forum10. Press & Public RelationsInterested in helping with any of these? Contact Jayar La Fontaine11. Legal Issues (Prize contracts, legal research)Interested in helping here? Contact Alan S. Ziegler
If you are a self-starter who would like to take at least a temporary leadership role in any of these areas, and are willing to contribute 5 hours a week or more for a minimum of six months, engaging in fortnightly Skype contact with your BPF team members, we'd love to talk to you. After an initial six month commitment, you will have a better understanding of BPF and its team, an ability to renew your relationship if interested, and you will have accomplished something very valuable for the world.
Please consider joining our Facebook page (social networking), our LinkedIn group (professional networking), and/or our Twitter feed (brief news updates). These are our primary interaction fora at present. The more practical, open-minded, future oriented, and rational folks who join the BPF community, the faster we can achieve our ambitious goals. Thanks for connecting!
BPF In The News
Neuroscience – and the Future of Humanity – Interview with Ken Hayworth.
Fri, October 19, 2012
Brain Preservation Now!
Tue, July 31, 2012
Thur, July 26, 2012
Discussion of BPF at the World Future Society conference.
The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality.
BPF is featured on Season 3, Ep 6, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, available via iTunes at this link.
Robin Hanson on why he's supporting the Brain Preservation Foundation.
An Update from Competitors for the Brain Preservation Foundation's Technology Prize.
A Connectome Observatory for Nanoscale Brain Imaging. Ken Hayworth's teleXLR8 talk, Kurzweilai.net article.
The Brain Preservation Technology Prize on the cover of Cryonics Magazine.
The Brain Preservation Technology Prize is mentioned.
Mind's circuit diagram to be revealed by a mammoth map. Article discusses BPF Brain Preservation Technology Prize.