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Michael Frachetti: Lessons from the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

by Ahmed Kabil on March 26th, 02018

In 02011, anthropologist Michael Frachetti discovered a lost city that holds clues to how civilizations rise and fall when diverse communities integrate. From Michael Frachetti’s Long Now Seminar “Open Source Civilization and the Unexpected Origins of the Silk Road” which you can watch in full here.

James Turrell, Earthworks, and Monuments of Deep Time

by Ahmed Kabil on March 26th, 02018

James Turrell’s “Roden Crater.” Source: James Turrell As installation begins at the Texas site for Long Now’s monumental 10,000 Year Clock, it’s worth taking a step back to examine the Clock’s larger artistic context and its place in the history of Land Art in the American West. Long Now’s staff and many of the individuals working on the project and serving on…  Read More

Paleolithic Cave Paintings Appear to be the Earliest Examples of Sequential Animation and Graphic Narrative

by Ahmed Kabil on March 24th, 02018

In the 02010s, the animated GIF, for better or worse, took hold as the visual language of internet culture. The ubiquity and increased power of mobile devices enabled users to share animations with ease. And share they did. In 02016, the GIF-sharing site Giphy revealed that its 100 million daily active users sent 1 billion GIFs…  Read More

Clock of the Long Now – Installation Begins

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 20th, 02018

  “The Long Now is the recognition that the precise moment you’re in grows out of the past and is a seed for the future.”                   – Brian Eno (founding board member of The Long Now Foundation) After over a decade of design and fabrication, we have…  Read More

How Warren Buffett Won His Multi-Million Dollar Long Bet

by Ahmed Kabil on February 17th, 02018

This year, Warren Buffett won his multi-million dollar, decade-long Long Bet. From the preacher warning that the day of reckoning is nigh, to the sports analyst prognosticating about the outcome of next week’s big game, to the fortune teller calling for hard times in Mercury retrograde, predictions are pervasive, but accountability is rare. That the vast majority of predictions…  Read More

Steven Johnson on “Spacewar!”

by Ahmed Kabil on February 14th, 02018

Science author Steven Johnson discusses the legacy of “Spacewar!”, one of the earliest and most influential computer games. Johnson explores this story and more in his latest book, “Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World” (02016). This clip is from the Q&A with Stewart Brand, who wrote a Rolling Stone article on the game in…  Read More

Warren Buffett Wins Multi-Million Dollar Long Bet

by Ahmed Kabil on February 9th, 02018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. February 9, 02018.* The Long Now Foundation today announced that it has arrived at a decision for Long Bets #362, popularly known as the “Million Dollar Buffett Bet,” between Warren Buffett and Protégé Partners LLC. Warren Buffett has won the bet, and by a significant margin. In the bet, Warren Buffett predicted that…  Read More

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