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The Artangel Longplayer Letters: Manuel Arriaga writes to Giles Fraser

by Andrew Warner on November 18th, 02015

In May, John Burnside  wrote a letter to Manuel Arriga as part of the Artangel Longplayer Letters series. The series is a relay-style correspondence: The first letter was written by Brian Eno to Nassim Taleb. Nassim Taleb then wrote to Stewart Brand, and Stewart wrote to Esther Dyson, who wrote to Carne Ross, who wrote…  Read More

Steven Johnson takes a Long Now Perspective on the Superintelligence Threat

by Andrew Warner on November 12th, 02015

Steven Johnson, former Seminar speaker & author of How We Got to Now, recently wrote on the dangers of A.I. on his blog “How We Got To Next“. He discusses evolutionary software, the existential threat of A.I., before concluding with a meditation of long-term thinking and The Long Now Foundation: One of the hallmarks of…  Read More

James Fallows gives update to his “Civilization’s Infrastructure” Seminar

by Andrew Warner on November 5th, 02015

We under-imagine benefits and over-imagine problems with civilian infrastructure projects, yet we do the opposite with military infrastructure-scale weapons systems.  Both behaviors defy reason and cause harm. — Stewart Brand James Fallows recently wrote a piece for the Atlantic describing common bias in dealing with military infrastructure vs. public infrastructure, expanding on the themes he…  Read More

10,000 Years of Oral Narrative

by Charlotte Hajer on October 29th, 02015

Just off the coast of Australia, a few miles west of Perth, lie three small limestone islands. Today they’re a popular destination for boat trips and air taxis, but a local Aboriginal tribe tells stories of a time when these three isles were connected to the mainland by lush forest. One day, the stories recount,…  Read More

Ancient Venture Capitalism and its Lessons for the Modern Economy

by Charlotte Hajer on September 24th, 02015

Our understanding of ancient civilizations can be spotty. Because not all cultural artifacts withstand the test of time, we have to piece together our portraits of these societies with partial clues, making inferences where needed to cover gaps in the archaeological record. But one of these clues offers a remarkably detailed picture of economic life…  Read More

Paul Saffo Featured on Singularity Hub’s Ask An Expert Series

by Charlotte Hajer on August 17th, 02015

This week’s episode of Singularity Hub’s Ask an Expert features Long Now Board member Paul Saffo. Ask an Expert is a new web series in which, well, experts answer tweeted questions about the future of technology. In this episode, Paul discusses virtual reality, weighs in on the word ‘disrupt’, and considers the possibility of having…  Read More

The Artangel Longplayer Letters: John Burnside writes to Manuel Arriaga

by Andrew Warner on May 26th, 02015

In April, Carne Ross wrote a letter to John Burnside as part of the Artangel Longplayer Letters series. The series is a relay-style correspondence: The first letter was written by Brian Eno to Nassim Taleb. Nassim Taleb then wrote to Stewart Brand, and Stewart wrote to Esther Dyson, who wrote to Carne Ross, who wrote to…  Read More

New Horizons Probe to Send Message to Interstellar Space

by Charlotte Hajer on April 28th, 02015

If you could tell the universe about planet Earth, what would you say? The One Earth Message Initiative is sending a missive to the stars, and they want your input. The initiative’s goal is to create a message that will be digitally uploaded to a spacecraft currently making its way to the outer reaches of…  Read More

Keeping The Net’s Long Memory Stocked: Jason Scott @ The Interval— February 24, 02015

by Mikl Em on February 18th, 02015

February 24, 02015 Jason Scott (archivist, historian, filmmaker) The Web in an Eyeblink at The Interval Tickets are now on sale: space is limited and we expect this talk to sell out If you are reading this then Jason Scott has probably backed up bits that matter to you–whether you are an ex-SysOp or only use…  Read More

Pace Layer Thinkers: Stewart Brand and Paul Saffo’s Conversation at The Interval, Recap and Full Audio

by Mikl Em on February 8th, 02015

Photo by Julie Momméja On January 27, 02015 Long Now Foundation founding Board members Stewart Brand and Paul Saffo spoke at Long Now’s San Francisco venue The Interval about Pace Layers Thinking to a sold out crowd. This was the 17th event in our Conversations at The Interval series since it began in May 02014….  Read More