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Blog Archive for the ‘Rosetta’ Category

Interview: Alexander Rose and Phil Libin on Long-Term Thinking

by Ahmed Kabil on July 19th, 02017

Long Now Executive Director Alexander Rose and former Evernote CEO Phil Libin recently spoke with the design agency Dialogue about the layers of civilization, the future of products, and the Clock of the Long Now. The interview is wide-ranging, covering everything from the early tech, design and science fiction influences in Rose and Libin’s childhoods to…  Read More

Molecular Foundry Award Goes to Rosetta Project to Develop a Wearable Rosetta Disk

by Laura Welcher on February 18th, 02016

This November, The Rosetta Project was awarded access to staff and facilities at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to develop a wearable version of the Rosetta Disk. The successful proposal, titled “The Rosetta Disk – An Exploration into Very Long-term Archiving” focused on the need for access to high-powered microscopes and imaging technology available at the…  Read More

Long Now Exhibit & Talk at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota

by Andrew Warner on October 27th, 02015

University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota is hosting a new exhibit Designed to Last: A Look at the Projects of the Long Now Foundation through December 18th 02015. The exhibit features a Rosetta Disk, limestone core samples from The Clock site, and the prototype of the Solar Synchonizer of The 10,000 Year Clock….  Read More

Long Now’s Laura Welcher Speaks in London on September 25, 02015

by Andrew Warner on September 11th, 02015

Long Now London Meetup Friday, September 25, 02015 7:00 PM at Newspeak House 133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG, London Languages are works of art, great libraries, how-to guides for living on planet Earth, windows into our minds and inalienable human rights. The Rosetta Project is The Long Now Foundation’s first exploration into very long-term archiving….  Read More

Marie’s Dictionary

by Andrew Warner on August 27th, 02015

This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive. Long Now’s PanLex project collects dictionaries such as these with the goal of creating a universal translation engine and fighting language extinction.

The World’s Languages, Visualized

by Charlotte Hajer on August 11th, 02015

The South China Morning Post recently published an infographic that colorfully illustrates the distribution of the world’s most commonly spoken languages. With data taken from Ethnologue and UNESCO, among other sources, the graphic offers a variety of ways to understand global language patterns – from visualizing which languages have the largest number of native speakers,…  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

The Front Line of Language Extinction

by Andrew Warner on April 17th, 02015

We live in an era of mass extinction of linguistic heritage. Thousands of years of ancestral knowledge and stories are vanishing with the last speakers of hundreds of languages. Come and find out how mobile devices and social media are being used to preserve the “wisdom of the tribe” for generations far into the future….  Read More

Brewster Kahle: Universal Access to All Knowledge — 02011 Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on February 26th, 02015

In November 02011 Brewster Kahle, the founder of the Internet Archive, spoke for Long Now. “We are really striving to build The Library of Alexandria version 2,” says Brewster, near the start of his talk, “So that everyone anywhere who is curious to want access can access the world’s knowledge.” He proceeds to assess, one…  Read More

Software as Language, as Object, as Art

by Chia Evers on November 25th, 02014

  When The Long Now Foundation first began thinking about long-term archives, we drew inspiration from the Rosetta Stone, a 2000-year-old stele containing a Ptolemaic decree in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, Demotic script, and Ancient Greek. Our version of the Rosetta Stone, the Rosetta Disk, includes parallel texts in more than 1,500 languages. Since creating the…  Read More

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