Aldebaran Robotics (Paris, France)
According to the United Nations, robotics will be the technological revolution of the 21st century, just as the automobile was at the turn of the 20th century. As populations age, rapid changes in demographics are taking place. The ultimate dream of creating an artificial companion to assist humans is no longer science fiction. It is a realistic response to the needs of an aging society.
The convergence of technologies such as voice and visual recognition is leading to a new generation of interactive devices. Nonetheless, although robots are already common in the industrial sector today, there remain major challenges to overcome before robots become true personal assistants.
To provide the robotics industry with the platform, software, and tools to explore and develop the applications of tomorrow, Aldebaran Robotics designs, produces, and commercializes autonomous humanoid robots.
Applied Foresight Network (International)
The Applied Foresight Network (AFN) is a global web of university-based centres connected by a network of forums for professors, students, teachers, and concerned citizens. The AFN supports informed discussion and social action on issues of critical importance to the future of humanity. The Applied Foresight Centers and the AFN Forums build on Futures Studies traditions of multidisciplinary perspectives thinking and enhance this capacity with transdisciplinary dialogue supported by the latest in academic research.
Working on two levels, a key objective of the AFN is to support professors, students, teachers, and other concerned citizens to think globally and act locally. Autonomous Applied Foresight Centers will set their own local agendas and collaborate with the Network on a strategic set of global issues. Given the applied nature, and its bridge between the arts and sciences, the AFN is expected to become an important research resource and pulse taking tool for the development of public policy at local, national and international levels.
With representatives from the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, the Pacific Research Institute, and Simon Fraser University, the Applied Foresight Network coordinating hub is in the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. This AFN Coordinating Centre expects to manage start-up and ongoing operations, become a research initiator and repository for forum topics, and catalyze further social action, both individual and collective. The coordinating hub leadership fully expects to develop a key role for the AFN in the development of public policy at all levels. As well, it is exploring both Clearinghouse and Futures Studies educational program and issues research needs.
Alcor Life Extension Foundation (Scottsdale, Arizona, United States)
The Alcor Life Extension Foundation, most often referred to as Alcor, is a Scottsdale, Arizona, USA-basednonprofit company that researches, advocates for and performs cryonics, the preservation of humans in liquid nitrogen after legal death, with hopes of restoring them to full health when new technology is developed in the future.
As of March 31, 2013, Alcor had 985 members, and 117 patients in cryopreservation, many as neuropatients (77 of Alcor patients were neuropatients or brain preservation patients as of March, 2013). Alcor will cryopreserve the pets of members. As of November 15, 2007, there were 33 pets in suspension.
Alcor accepts anatomical donations (cryonics cases) under the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act and Arizona Anatomical Gift Act for research purposes, reinforced by a court case in its favor that affirmed a constitutional right to engage in cryopreservation and donate one’s body for the purpose. A form of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act has been passed in all 50 states.
American Cyronics Society (Cupertino, California, United States)
The American Cryonics Society (ACS), also known as the Cryonics Society of America, is a member-run,California-based, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that supports and promotes research and education into cryonics and cryobiology. Cryonics is the preservation through cold storage, usually with liquid nitrogen, of humans (and sometimes non-human animals) after legal death. This procedure is done in the hopes of eventual “reanimation.” Any such reanimation depends upon future technological advances that are hoped for, but by no means assured or promised.
The American Cryonics Society is the oldest cryonics organization. Since 1972 ACS has offered a program where members who enroll, are placed into cryonic suspension upon their deaths and then maintained in liquid nitrogen. This program provides for continuous funding so that the relatives of the subject are not required to pay for the initial freezing, yearly maintenance in liquid nitrogen, or eventual reanimation (should the latter prove possible). Members often provide such funding through the purchase of a life insurance policy.
Cyronics Institute (Clinton, Michigan, United States)
As of 1 October 2012, CI had 1040 members, 505 of whom had funding and contracts in place to be cryopreserved upon legal death. 131 of those funded members had contracts with Suspended Animation, Inc. for standby and transport. 112 humans, 188 human tissue/DNA samples and 91 pets and 57 pet tissue/DNA samples are cryonically preserved in liquid nitrogen storage.
Cryonics Asia, in all of its iterations, is in business primarily to make money for its shareholders. Our company, Cryonics Asia, is structured around two service functions; one a for-profit company and one a non-profit foundation.
You might think of these as two subsidiary companies being divisions of an overall holding company.
Our for profit company Cryonics Asia, Ltd will soon be a BVI stock company listed on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) www.bisxbahamas.comwith eventual listing objectives being London (LSE) and Singapore (SGX) stock exchanges. Cryonics Asia, Ltd. maintains operating and administrative offices in Tel Aviv, Israel
See our Investor Relations section Cryonics Asia, Inc.
The Cryonics Foundation Asia, Inc.www.cryonicasia.org is registered in Hong Kong as a non-profit and comes under the legal jurisdiction of Hong Kong and Hong Kong non-profits legislation. All of our non-profit operations are conducted out of our Hong Kong office.
Revenue generating contracts may be issued from the non-profit company to the for-profit company such as competitive research funding grants and cases of charitable cryosuspension awards.
We feel that without a for-profit entity (Cryonics Asia, Ltd. www.cryonicsasia.com), the successful objective of an expanding patient cryopreserved population will be doomed from the start.
Strictly speaking, a single entity foundation, institute or society business model is a recipe for business failure and non-performance. If you could imagine that Bill Gates and Paul Allen would have organized Microsoft as a non-profit foundation or institute, where would that have left them; still a company with $67 Billion dollars cash on hand as it is today?
Non-profits of course do good work as they focus money raising efforts and attention on specific worthy non-profit projects and goals.
For Cryonics, that would principally include research funding, promoting favorable legislation and charitable endeavors. Not in supporting a small click of ethical zealots that do not want “profit” attached to their own immortality. Some sense of community derived from like intellectual and moral screening overlays should not find its way into the business equation. Who we all want to wake-up with, in 300 years, should be irrelevant; only an outcome from market driven forces.
When you try to wrap all other Cryopreservation activities within that non-profit umbrella, then bad things begin to happen to the most important task at hand; that of broadening and expanding your vitrification, preservation, suspension, and storage services and the need for growth in volume thereof.
For example, we view a distinct difference between the funding of research and lobbying for legal accommodation of, say, euthanasia as a social benefit (when it comes to Cryonics) and the provision of an end-of-life hospice resort service (which might include the sale of suicide assistance kits).
It maybe that the non-profit model is the only model that can function in the west because of perceived moral and ethical constraints, as well as, the actual laws that are in place. Taxation is also a consideration in the west for this business model choice.
We firmly believe, an end-of-life hospice and the Cryonics preservation and suspension services plus funding options must be encapsulated within a for-profit business model.
The cost of the current distortion has been greater than the perceived benefits.
This is the essential difference between the business failure of other Cryonics service providers over the years (principally in the USA) and what we know we will be able to achieve here in the Asian Market.
Rapid response and the delay between time of “death” and start of procedures, Ischemic injury, transportation, storage as well as immigration issues preclude most Asians from ever considering this potential immortality option. The West being a distant time constrained option.
If you are surely going to die, why suffer the final 3 to 4 days on a heroin drip and compromise your cryopreservation outcome? We envision the possibility of vitrification to commence prior to the current legally determined clinical death. An unmentionable?
Foresight Institute (Palo Alto, California, United States)
Foresight Institute is a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Founded in 1986, its mission is to discover and promote the upsides, and help avoid the dangers, of nanotechnology, AI, biotech, and similar life-changing developments.
Foresight is the primary force pushing for the kind of nanotechnology that will truly transform our future, from medicine to the environment to space settlement. We bring that vision and goal to new audiences, including inspiring young researchers.
Foresight’s mission is to:
- speed development of nanotechnology and other key fundamental technologies,
- promote beneficial uses of these revolutionary technologies, and
- reduce misuse and accidents potentially associated with them.
Humanity+ is dedicated to elevating the human condition. We aim to deeply influence a new generation of thinkers who dare to envision humanity’s next steps. Our programs combine unique insights into the developments of emerging and speculative technologies that focus on the well-being of our species and the changes that we are and will be facing. Our programs are designed to produce outcomes that can be helpful to individuals and institutions.
Humanity+ is an international nonprofit membership organization which advocates the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. In other words, we want people to be better than well.
Humanity+ adopted the Transhumanist Declaration. The Transhumanist Declaration was a a joint effort between members of Extropy Institute, World Transhumanist Association, and other transhumanist groups worldwide.
The Transhumanist Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is located at Humanity+’s website and is a collection of contributions by numerous authors, later edited by Nick Bostrom, and is updated as necessary by others. There are other FAQs on transhumanism, such as The Transhumanist FAQ was developed by ExI and members of Humanity+ and earlier WTA.
Immortality Institute (International)
The Immortality Institute (ImmInst.org) is an international, not-for-profit, membership-based organization (“501-3-c status” in the United States).
Its mission is “to conquer the blight of involuntary death”.
To advance this mission, ImmInst.org aims to provide, among other things:
- a repository of high-quality information,
- an open public forum for the free exchange of information and views,
- an infrastructure to support community projects and initiatives, and
- the facilities for supporting an international community of those with an interest in life extension.
ImmInst.org is governed by a board of 7 directors who are elected for a 2-year term by the membership. Many ImmInst.org activities are managed by an Executive Director who is appointed by the board. Membership status is acquired by donation as a student, regular or lifetime member.
ImmInst.org is supported by donations and by sponsored advertising. To make a one-time donation or to become a member of ImmInst.org, please see the “Donate“ page.
ImmInst.org was founded in 2002 by Bruce J. Klein.
Lifeboat Foundation (virtual)
Lifeboat Foundation is pursuing a variety of options, including helping to accelerate the development of technologies to defend humanity, including new methods to combat viruses (such as RNA interference and new vaccine methods), effective nanotechnological defensive strategies, and even self-sustaining space colonies in case the other defensive strategies fail.
We believe that, in some situations, it might be feasible to relinquish technological capacity in the publ…ic interest (for example, we are against the U.S. government posting the recipe for the 1918 flu virus on the internet). We have some of the best minds on the planet working on programs to enable our survival. We invite you to join our cause! Visit our site at http://lifeboat.com/ Learn about the world’s first bitcoin endowment fund at https://lifeboat.com/ex/bitcoins New! — Interact with the author of our book “The Human Race to the Future” at https://www.facebook.com/groups/thehumanracetothefuture
Machine Intelligence Research Institute (Berkeley, California, United States)
he Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 to develop safe artificial intelligence software, and to raise awareness of both the dangers and potential benefits it believes AI presents. The organization advocates ideas initially put forth by I. J. Good and Vernor Vinge regarding an “intelligence explosion“, or Singularity, which is predicted to follow the creation of sufficiently advanced AI. In their view, the potential benefits and risks of this event necessitate the search for solutions to problems involving AI goal systems to ensure powerful AIs are not dangerous when they are created. MIRI espouses the Friendly AI model created by its co-founder Eliezer Yudkowsky as a potential solution to such problems. MIRI was formerly known as the Singularity Institute, and before that the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
Luke Muehlhauser is Executive Director. Inventor and futures studies author Ray Kurzweil served as one of its directors from 2007 to 2010. The institute maintains an advisory board whose members include Oxfordphilosopher Nick Bostrom, biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, and Foresight Nanotech Institute co-founder Christine Peterson. It is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, and has a Canadian branch, SIAI-CA, formed in 2004 and recognized as a Charitable Organization by the Canada Revenue Agency.
National Nanotechnology Initiative
http://www.nano.gov/ (United States)
The United States has set the pace for nanotechnology innovation worldwide with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). Launched in 2000 with eight agencies, the NNI today consists of the individual and cooperative nanotechnology-related activities of 27 Federal agencies with a range of research and regulatory roles and responsibilities. Fifteen of the participating agencies have research and development (R&D) budgets that relate to nanotechnology, with the reported NNI budget representing the collective sum of these investments. Funding support for nanotechnology R&D stems directly from NNI member agencies, not the NNI. As an interagency effort, the NNI informs and influences the Federal budget and planning processes through its member agencies and through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The NNI brings together the expertise needed to advance this broad and complex field—creating a framework for shared goals, priorities, and strategies that helps each participating Federal agency leverage the resources of all participating agencies. With the support of the NNI, nanotechnology R&D is taking place in academic, government, and industry laboratories across the United States.
World Future Society (International)
The World Future Society is an organization of people dedicated to exploring the future. Since its establishment more than 40 years ago, the Society and THE FUTURIST magazine have endeavored to do one thing and to excel at it and that is to serve as a neutral clearinghouse of ideas on the future. Our mission is to enable thinkers, political personalities, scientists and lay-people to share an informed, serious dialogue on what the future will be like. We do this in two principal ways.
We hold events and meetings every year. Previous attendees at the World Future Society’s annual conference have included future U.S. President Gerald Ford, Tennessee’s then-senator and future U.S. Vice President Al Gore Jr., scientist and inventor Buckminster Fuller, Sen. Edward Kennedy, pioneering feminist author Betty Friedan, U.S. Comptroller General David. M. Walker, and scientist and inventor Ray Kurzweil.
The second way we inform the public, and our members, about events or trends that are relevant to the future is through our publications such as THE FUTURIST magazine, which is available on n