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The 5 Questions We Need to Answer About Artificial Intelligence — Gurjeet Singh at The Interval

by Ahmed Kabil on December 12th, 02019

Creators of AI systems have a responsibility to figure out how they might go wrong, and govern them accordingly. . . .   Read More

Is Mars the Solution for Earth’s Problems?

by Ahmed Kabil on December 9th, 02019

Geologist Marcia Bjornerud and Long Now’s Executive Director Alexander Rose debate about whether going to Mars is a viable long-term sustainability plan for human survival.

Digital Repatriations: Historic Recordings Returned to Passamaquoddy Tribe

by Alice Riddell on December 5th, 02019

In 01890, anthropologist Jesse Walter Fewkes traveled to Eastern Maine to document the Passamaquoddy Tribe. By then, war, disease, and unhonored treaties by local and federal authorities had reduced the tribe to a few hundred members. Fewkes brought with . . .   Read More

The role of 80-million year-old rocks in American slavery — Lewis Dartnell at The Interval

by Ahmed Kabil on December 4th, 02019

When cretaceous-age rocks in the Southern US eroded over millions of years, they produced a uniquely rich, fertile soil that landowners realized was ideal for growing cash crops such as cotton. It was the soil from these rocks that slaves toiled over in the era of American slavery—and the same ground that . . .   Read More

Experiencing Deep Time Through Visual Storytelling

by Alice Riddell on November 26th, 02019

Two new projects are making million-year time frames more relatable
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Move Slow and Preserve Things

by Ahmed Kabil on November 22nd, 02019

La French Tech recently interviewed Long Now Director of Development Nicholas Paul Brysiewicz on the appropriate role of long-term thinking in an increasingly accelerated world. . .   Read More

A Trips Festival for the Digital Age

by Ahmed Kabil on November 21st, 02019

Sónar seeks to bridge the worlds of art and technology, the popular and the avant garde, and club culture and cyberculture . . .   Read More

The Size of Space

by Ahmed Kabil on November 19th, 02019

The “Big Here” doesn’t get much bigger than Neal Agarwal‘s The Size of Space, a new interactive visualization that provides a dose of perspective on our place in the universe. Starting with an astronaut, users can arrow through to different objects, celestial bodies and galaxies, ultimately zooming out . . .   Read More

Long Now Partners with GitHub on its Long-term Archive Program for Open Source Code

by Ahmed Kabil on November 13th, 02019

Long Now is pleased to announce that we have partnered with GitHub on its new archive program to preserve open source software for future generations.  The archive represents a significant step in averting a potential future digital dark age, when much of the software that powers modern civilization could be lost to bit . . .   Read More

How Salvaging Ancient Shipwrecks Might Lead us to Unveil the Mystery of Dark Matter

by Alice Riddell on November 11th, 02019

In a Long Now talk on dark matter and dark energy, theoretical astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan said that “we simultaneously know quite a lot, and not a lot” about the key ingredients of our universe. What we do know is that dark energy makes up about&. . .   Read More

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