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Blog Archive for the year 02013

Human Self-Interest and the Problem of Solving Long-Term Issues

by Charlotte Hajer on November 8th, 02013

We are a selfish, short-sighted lot. As many a game theory experiment has shown, we simply aren’t as motivated by the promise of collective future benefits as we are by the gratification of instant private rewards. A group of researchers based at NYU now argues that this kind of self-interest can throw up significant hurdles…  Read More

Revive & Restore Sequences Extinct Passenger Pigeon DNA

by Austin Brown on November 7th, 02013

Revive & Restore’s passenger pigeon expert, Ben Novak, has been working for months to gather samples of DNA from 77 specimens of the extinct bird. Our first glimpses of data confirmed that the samples would be able to provide the DNA needed for a full genome sequence, but as we delved into the work, the…  Read More

Richard Kurin Seminar Primer

by Andrew Warner on November 5th, 02013

“American History in 101 Objects” Monday November 18, 02013 at the SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco Richard Kurin, Under-Secretary of History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian, has been looking through all of the Smithsonian’s museums, archives, research centers–even their zoo–to find the objects that best tell the story of America. Inspired by the British Museum’s…  Read More

Time for Everyone Symposium in Pasadena

by Charlotte Hajer on November 4th, 02013

From November 7 to 9 of this year, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors will hold a symposium and special exhibition at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. Entitled “Time for Everyone: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Public Time,” the event will examine the myriad ways in which we experience,…  Read More

The Cure for Broken Links and Dead Dot-Coms

by Catherine Borgeson on November 1st, 02013

“The Internet echoes with the empty spaces where data used to be.” – Alexis Rossi from the Wayback Machine The Internet Archive recently unveiled a new plan to fix broken links utilizing the Wayback Machine. The Wayback Machine provides digital captures of URLs to create stable access to websites that otherwise might vanish. The service…  Read More

The Long Now, now: Celebrate a Decade of SALT with Brian Eno & Danny Hillis

by Austin Brown on October 31st, 02013

The Seminars About Long-term Thinking began in 02003 with a talk by one of our founding board members, Brian Eno. In that inaugural SALT talk, simply titled “The Long Now,” Eno described the way he came to the name for our organization. Instant world news and the internet has led to increased empathy worldwide. But…  Read More

Adam Steltzner Seminar Media

by Andrew Warner on October 30th, 02013

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking. Beyond Mars, Earth Tuesday October 15, 02013 – San Francisco   Video is up on the Steltzner Seminar page for Members. ********************* Audio is up on the Steltzner Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast. ********************* Mighty…  Read More

Neil Gaiman on Libraries and the Future

by Austin Brown on October 29th, 02013

Books connect our future and our past, teaching us about what came before and encouraging us to imagine what might yet be. Because of this, reading and libraries remain essential even in our technological and multimedia future, Neil Gaiman recently insisted in a lecture for London’s The Reading Agency: Fiction can show you a different…  Read More

Humans and nature: It’s complicated.

by Austin Brown on October 25th, 02013

Depending on your point of reference, humanity can seem distinct from and damaging to nature or like an emergent part of a single thriving force. Two interviews with the authors of new books illustrate this elasticity and the multifaceted conceptions of ourselves and nature we shift through depending on the questions we ask and the…  Read More

The Heirlooms of Language Through Temporary Tattoos and a Nickel Disk

by Catherine Borgeson on October 23rd, 02013

On Saturday October 19, 02013, Long Now participated in Exploratorium Market Days—a series of free, outdoor “mini-festivals” geared to educate the public through the science and art communities and museums. The theme of the month was “Heirlooms,” which focused on the “diverse treasures that we preserve and pass along to future generations.” Together the Rosetta…  Read More