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Message from the Executive Director:
Justin 'Mind' Loew
It is that time of year to elect a new Board of Directors for the Immortality Institute. Even though a new constitutional framework is being discussed, nothing has been ratified yet and the current election will proceed as normal. Four Director seats will be filled during this election cycle. Nominations close at the end of today (the 8th) and the election continues through February 8th. Check here to see the nominations thus far. Check back frequently to monitor the progress of the election and ask questions of the nominees. This yearís election watchperson/ombudsman is Imminst Navigator FunkOdyssey.
Even as demographic trends around the world rapidly shift, many commentators continue to point toward overpopulation as an objection to indefinite life extension. While significant overpopulation may not be a near term threat, an increasing population of older citizens does pose challenges for social planners. Imminst forum contributor S. Jay Olshansky recently completed research which suggests that U.S. policy makers have underestimated future increases in lifespan and this will have a major affect on social program budgets. The research and conclusions are summarized in this latest Imminst front page feature article. Also within the article is a link to video and data from Leonid Gavrilovís SENS4 presentation analyzing the effect of life extension on population growth.
Laser Ablation of Lipofuscin is expected to continue through the spring of 2010. The first experiment was plagued with a premature loss of worms due to environmental conditions. The 2nd round will hopefully produce results of greater statistical significance. Check this forum poll for further discussion on the progress of the research.
Imminst member and Navigator Lunarsolarpower wins the December volunteer prize drawing and will receive a $20 Amazon.com gift card. The volunteer prize system is still in developmental stages and more prizes may be added in the future. For a list of all volunteers and past winners, click here. Donít forget, Lunarsolarpower is a Navigator with specific focus in the dental forum and is ready to guide discussions relating to dental health and longevity.
The VIP outreach team scored another success in reaching futurist thinker and social engineer Jacque Fresco. He received and is enjoying Imminstís book The Scientific Conquest of Death. Mr. Fresco is also under consideration for a guest appearance on the Sunday Evening Update. Many thanks to Imminst VIP team members/leaders Brokenportal, David Styles, and Cyberbrain!
See all the latest team and volunteer efforts in the Action Forum.