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Blog Archive for the year 02004

Daniel Janzen – “It’s ALL Gardening”

by Stewart Brand on April 12th, 02004

Mega gardening Big as life and twice as opinionated, the renowned preservation biologist DANIEL JANZEN spoke for The Long Now on Friday, April 9, 2005. His perspective on preservation may be jarring to some: “It’s ALL Gardening”. DAN JANZEN is most widely known for his heroic efforts helping set all of Costa Rica on a…  Read More

Rusty Schweickart, “The Asteroid Threat Over the Next 100,000 Years”

by Robin Ward on March 12th, 02004

Asteroid threat report Schweickart filled the hall with some 240 at the Presidio Officers Club and gave a dazzling lecture. He left the next day for Washington DC to lobby Congress to apply its will to making the Earth safe for the very long term. “For life to survive in planetary systems,” said Schweickart, “it…  Read More

James Dewar – “Long-term Policy Analysis”

by Stewart Brand on February 16th, 02004

Long-term Policy Analysis Dewar is head of RAND’s Pardee Center on very long-term policy—35 to 200 years For over half a century the RAND Corporation has influenced national policy and invented major intellectual tools. Packet switching (Paul Baran) came from RAND; so did scenario planning (Herman Kahn); so does the current understanding of “net warfare”…  Read More

George Dyson, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Top: Long-term Thinking About Large-scale Computing”

by Robin Ward on January 9th, 02004

Long-term thinking about large-scale computing Ever since his 1997 breakthrough book, DARWIN AMONG THE MACHINES, Dyson has become regarded as a leading historian and interpreter of computer science, bringing a rigorous and unconventional perspective. Thus his willingness to examine the long-term prospects for mega-scale computing. Most computer people are averse to discussing seriously any future…  Read More