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Blog Archive for the ‘Futures’ Category

Peter Schwartz: The Starships ARE Coming — A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on September 12th, 02014

In September 02013 futurist Peter Schwartz spoke for Long Now about realistic scenarios for human interstellar travel. Peter, a founding Long Now Board member, participated in “The 100-year Starship” project and contributed to the book Starship Century (Edited by Gregory Benford and James Benford) with scientists and science fiction authors positing realistic ways humanity could voyage beyond our Solar System. Our September Seminar…  Read More

The Future Declassified at The Interval: Tuesday September 23, 02014

by Mikl Em on September 5th, 02014

Our next talk at The Interval takes as its subject the complexities of our collective global future: Mathew Burrows: The Future Declassified hosted by Paul Saffo Tuesday September 23, 02014 at 7:30pm at The Interval (doors at 6:30) Advanced Tickets are encouraged as space is limited The volatility of today’s world is apparent just by reviewing the day’s…  Read More

We are Walking Rocks: Friends of the Pleistocene Explore the Geologic Now

by Charlotte Hajer on August 30th, 02014

In The Life and Death of Buildings: On Photography and Time Joel Smith writes: Imagine making a picture using film so insensitive to light – so slow, in photographic parlance – that to burn an image onto it required an exposure of twenty-five centuries. Geologically speaking, the blink of an eye. The picture from that…  Read More

Dissident Futures at YBCA

by Austin Brown on October 16th, 02013

On October 17th, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts opens their new exhibition, Dissident Futures which will explore how we think about possible futures through a variety of media, with a thematic focus on utopian, speculative, and pragmatic concepts. A range of programs will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit, in collaboration with Long…  Read More

The Imagined Future of 02013

by Charlotte Hajer on May 6th, 02013

Long Now’s Long Bets project is founded on the premise that we can improve our long-term thinking by holding ourselves accountable for the predictions we make about the future. By revisiting our forecasts as time goes by, we reveal the subtle mechanics of society’s evolution, and teach ourselves something about what kinds of visions might…  Read More

Humanity’s Last Game

by Charlotte Hajer on April 11th, 02013

Former SALT speaker and professor of religion James Carse distinguishes between “finite” and “infinite” games: “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the game.” We might think of games as things we ‘play’ – as make-believe universes in which we might wander around for a period of time, engaged…  Read More

Neal Stephenson’s Hieroglyph Project Launches

by Austin Brown on March 26th, 02013

Towers that reach 15 kilometers into the sky and autonomous 3D-printing robots on the Moon aren’t just great fodder for sci-fi; they’re also plausible enough to be considered as audacious, but realistic engineering goals. That sweet spot is exactly what the Hieroglyph project is aiming for. A collaboration between Arizona State University’s Center for Science and…  Read More

The Conversation: 1 motorcycle, 9 months, 40 interviews & countless futures

by Austin Brown on March 7th, 02013

Over much of 02012, Angeus Anderson rode a motorcycle across the United States. Along the way, he recorded conversations with 40 different people espousing diverse critiques of the present and a plethora of visions for the future, “thinkers and doers, from transhumanists to neoprimitivists, urban farmers to musicians.” These interviews, produced by Anderson and Micah…  Read More

How long is humanity’s future?

by Austin Brown on March 1st, 02013

Much like the Centre for Existential Risk at Cambridge, the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford spends significant effort grappling with scenarios that could lead to the human species’ demise. The Institute is headed by Nick Bostrom, a scholar of philosophy, physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic. Aeon Magazine’s Ross Anderson recently spoke with Bostrom and several…  Read More

Seeds Are the New Books

by Andrew Warner on February 26th, 02013

The Basalt Public Library in western Colorado has recently started lending seeds out to members. The members “borrow” the seeds with their library card, grow the plants, and harvest the best fruits’ seeds to give back to the library. The library gets better seeds back, while the members get to enjoy most of the harvest…  Read More