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Blog Archive for the year 02019

Essays by George Church and George Dyson from John Brockman’s New Book on A.I.

by Ahmed Kabil on February 19th, 02019

On Monday, February 25th, 02019, John Brockman (Founder of edge.org) will speak at Long Now about his new book on artificial intelligence, Possible Minds. Brockman will interview several of the contributors to the book, Rodney Brooks, Alison Gopnik and Stuart Russell on stage. Following the interviews, Kevin Kelly will host the Q&A. . .   Read More

Proximity to Resources Helps Explain Locations of Easter Island Monuments, a New Paper Argues

by Ahmed Kabil on February 14th, 02019

A new paper by archaeologists Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo addresses one of the longstanding mysteries of the monuments of Easter Island: their location.

Four hundred of the statues, known as muai, are located miles away from where they were originally quarried, and sit on megalithic platforms, or ahu. An analysis of the locations of. . .   Read More

Treeline, a Documentary Shot Partly On Long Now’s Nevada Property

by Ahmed Kabil on February 8th, 02019

Patagonia has released a mini documentary about skiers, snowboarders and scientists as they explore “an ancient story written in rings.” The doc was shot in part on Long Now’s Nevada property in Mount Washington, and shows stunning images of something we at Long Now have not yet had a chance to see: the ancient. . .   Read More

How to Run a 500-Year Long Science Experiment

by Ahmed Kabil on February 5th, 02019

Last week, The Atlantic’s Sarah Zhang profiled a University of Edinburgh science experiment that began in 02014 and—if everything goes according to plan—will conclude in 02514.

The experiment is studying the longevity of bacteria, which can remain viable well past the lifespan of humans.

Physically, the 500-year experiment consists of 800. . .   Read More

Seminar Highlight: Martin Rees on Space Exploration

by Ahmed Kabil on February 3rd, 02019

“I think it’s a dangerous delusion to think that space offers an escape from Earth’s problems.” -Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, speaking at Long Now in January 02019.

Watch video of the full talk here. . .   Read More

The 26,000-Year Astronomical Monument Hidden in Plain Sight

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 29th, 02019

On the western flank of the Hoover Dam stands a little-understood monument, commissioned by the US Bureau of Reclamation when construction of the dam began in 01931. The most noticeable parts of this corner of the dam, now known as Monument Plaza, are the massive winged bronze sculptures and central flagpole which are often. . .   Read More

James Turrell’s Roden Crater, an Artwork 45 Years in the Making, Set to Open…Sooner

by Ahmed Kabil on January 18th, 02019

James Turrell’s Roden Crater. Last month, Kanye West visited James Turrell’s monumental art project, Roden Crater. Turrell bought the extinct volcano, located in Northern Arizona, in 01977. Since then, work at the site has been aimed at creating a naked-eye observatory using principles of light and perception similar to Turrell’s more accessible installations, but cosmic in…  Read More

Deep Civilization, a New Essay Series by BBC, Takes the Long View

by Ahmed Kabil on January 14th, 02019

BBC Future has launched a new series about “the long view of humanity” called “Deep Civilization:” [Deep Civilization] aims to stand back from the daily news cycle and widen the lens of our current place in time. Over the coming months, we will explore multi-generational thinking in all its forms, and hear from writers, researchers and…  Read More

Future Thoughts

by Ahmed Kabil on January 14th, 02019

The featured “Long Short” from our Seminar on Long-term Thinking in January 02019 with Martin Rees, “Future Thoughts” by Loek Vugs.

Future Thoughts is an experimental, short film showing a collection of ideas about everyday life and new technologies in the near future. . .   Read More