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Blog Archive for the year 02018

Edge Question 02018

by Ahmed Kabil on February 7th, 02018

John Brockman. For the last twenty years, literary agent John Brockman has presented the members of his online salon Edge with a question that elicits discussion about some of the biggest intellectual and scientific issues of our time.(Previous prompts include “What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?” or “What should we be worried about?”). The essay responses — in…  Read More

Nicky Case: The Attractors Behind Disasters

by Ahmed Kabil on January 25th, 02018

Why do disasters like blackouts and financial crises cascade so quickly, but fixing them takes so long? The answer, game developer Nicky Case says, is “attractors”—the parts of a complex system that attract the system towards failure. This is an excerpt from Nicky Case’s August 02017 Long Now talk, “Seeing Whole Systems.” Watch full video of…  Read More

Largest Early World Map Set to Be Unveiled at Rumsey Map Center

by Ahmed Kabil on January 24th, 02018

Urbano Monte’s planisphere, digitally stitched together. Source: Rumsey Map Center On July 25, 01585, near the end of a century of unprecedented change, four Japanese boys stopped in Milan on their way back home to Japan. They’d been sent as the first Japanese Embassy to Europe three years earlier by the Jesuit missionary Alesandro Valignano. Their…  Read More

Stewart Brand Gives In-Depth and Personal Interview to Tim Ferriss

by Ahmed Kabil on January 16th, 02018

Tim Ferriss, who wrote the The Four Hour Work Week and gave a Long Now talk on accelerated learning in 02011, recently interviewed Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand on his podcast, “The Tim Ferriss Show”. The interview is wide-ranging, in-depth, and among the most personal Brand has given to date. Over the course of nearly…  Read More