Jill Tarter Keynote

MIT Associate Professor of Energy Studies Jessica Trancik speaks about sustainable energy technologies for this Motion and Energy Keynote Presentation.

Nova Spivack, Co-founder of the Arch Mission Foundation (www.archmission.org) will tell the story of the Lunar Library – an ultra-long term backup of planet Earth that was crash-landed on the Moon in 2019. He will show how it was made, what it contains, how it got to the Moon, and where it is now — And many untold stories may be revealed in this, the first public talk ever given about the Lunar Library.
Nova has had a lifelong interest in space and the stars, perhaps in part due to the name his parents gave him, which means “new” in Latin, and also has an astronomical meaning. At a young age he attended an early Space Shuttle launch with his grandmother and nephews, as a gift from NASA, to his Grandfather, who at that time advised NASA. Nova conceived of, and is the co-founder and Chairman of the Arch Mission Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation working to backup human civilization.

He flew to the edge of space in 1999, and did zero-gravity training, with Peter Diamandis and Richard Garriott, with the Russian Air Force and the Russian Space Agency. He was a patron of the Commercial SpaceFlight Federation, and an early space angel investor in Zero Gravity Corporation (acquired by Space Adventures).

Nova earned a professional graduate-level certificate degree from The International Space University in Space Life Sciences, under the late Gerry Soffen, who pioneered the Viking Lander search for life on Mars at NASA. While with ISU he also interned to help design the Space Humanities Program under Overview Effect thought-leader, Frank White and ISU co-founder Todd Hawley, and he worked on The Space Solar Power Program international design project.

In his sophomore year of college, Nova interned as a production assistant at Paramount Studios, working on the popular television show, Star Trek, The Next Generation.

Electric, autonomous mobility provides an opportunity to rethink the sound of cities. Join Jake Harper, the Senior Sound Director at Zoox, to learn about the future of auditory urban design and find out why a group of sound artists and composers have teamed up with Zoox to solve the challenge of noisy streets.
Zoox is creating autonomous mobility from the ground up. Through a combination of automotive engineering, A.I. and design, Zoox is building a fleet of fully autonomous, battery-electric vehicles that will transform the way people move around cities. Based in Foster City, CA, Zoox employees are working to deliver safe, clean and enjoyable mobility for the planet.

Zero-gravity environments. Alien intelligence. Sustainable algae-based food. The next universe is the ocean. In fact settling the oceans is the best way to save this planet, and the best way to save us from ourselves. The sustainability department at NASA Ames watched The Eight Great Moral Imperatives of Seasteading video series and invited Joe Quirk to speak to their engineers.  Seasteading is not only a way to test space colonies at sea. It’s a way to end state political conflict forever and build sustainable societies on two-thirds of the worlds’ surface. Several companies have already begun.

Ellen Jorgensen, CSO of Carverr, Inc., will be speaking about the future of food traceability by integrating digital and natural worlds. What if we could use microbes as small tracking and sensing devices to learn where our food goes and what happens to it along the way?

“All these things that may seem big and impossible … We can do this. Peace on Earth — No problem. It gives people that type of energy … that type of power, and I have experienced that.” – Anousheh Ansari, one of the earliest space tourists in history.
Seeing the earth from space is one of the most transformative experiences a human being can have, but to-date, fewer than 600 people have been to space. You’re currently more likely win a Nobel prize than to go to space.
But change is upon us – truly, this time. And it has implications.
Join Rachel Lyons, the Executive Director of Space for Humanity, as she leads a discussion on the rapidly evolving world of space travel, the impact that it’s had thus far, and what the future could mean for us as individuals, as well as society as a whole. What would it be like if you saw our planet from space? How would it change you? And how would you make an impact using your spaceflight?
Learn more about Space for Humanity at their booth in our Innovations & Ideas Expo!

With InterPlanetary Festival Director Caitlin McShea and Santa Fe Institute President David Krakauer.

Seasteading provides solutions to challenging global problems in the realms of governance, economics, sustainability, engineering, and society. The Seasteads we develop will create much needed competition in governance, use blockchain technology for more transparent interactions, and bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of investment into their local regions. Seasteading is one of the quickest, most sustainable, and cost-effective solutions to sea level rise, which will affect millions of people over the coming decades.

In early 2017 we signed an MOU with the government of French Polynesia and completed a series of feasibility and impact studies. Following the Varyon ICO we will begin the next phase of the project in which we will acquire legislation for a SeaZone, finalize the location of the first seastead, construct a land base and begin building the first functioning seastead.

The presentation “The Future of Human Exploration on Mars” will outline the current strategies and mission architecture for future human exploration of Mars using two NASA-recognized exploration zones: Mesopotamia and Protonilus Mensae (Gallegos and Newsom, 2015).

At the Royal Society in London on July 20, 2015, Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking and Lord Martin Rees announced a set of initiatives — a scientific programme aimed at finding evidence of technological life beyond Earth entitled ‘Breakthrough Listen. In addition, atop the One World Trade Center in New York on April 20, 2016, Breakthrough Starshot was announced, an interstellar programme to Alpha Centauri. These are the first of several privately-funded global initiatives to answer the fundamental science questions surrounding the origin, extent and nature of life in the universe. The Breakthrough Initiatives are managed by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.

Keynote by Pete Worden

Presented by Rutgers University’s Haym Benaroya

What might a habitat on the Moon look like? Even though we are a couple of decades from a permanent settlement on the Moon, we have been considering and studying what the habitats might look like since before the Apollo era. Initially, they will be pressurized cylinders, like the modules of the International Space Station. Later, they will be inflatable structures with larger volumes, making living inside more Earthlike and pleasant psychologically. If they are on the surface, we will need to cover them with regolith in order to shield against radiation and temperature extremes, along with the periodic micrometeoroid. Eventually, habitats and lunar cities will be underground, perhaps within the newly discovered lava tubes. But these will be so large, well lit, and Earthlike that we will hardly know we are under the lunar surface. This presentation provides an overview of the engineering, physiological and psychological issues and how we may address these.

My WISC project is a book called Engineered for Greatness, about Raye J. Montague, a “hidden figure” of the Navy. Montague is unique in her achievements in a male dominated field. When she graduated high school in the 1950’s, minorities were not allowed to study engineering at the University of Arkansas. After graduation from college with a degree in business, Montague was hired as a civilian by the U. S. Navy as a clerk typist. Although she never received an engineering degree, she is credited with being the first person to design a naval ship on a computer, revolutionizing the design process for naval ships and submarines. Her work developing the CAD/CAM process is being used today in many areas of manufacturing from automobiles and dentistry to laptops and smart phones.”