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Blog Archive for the year 02008

The Future of Man

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 23rd, 02008

Scientific American has a nice piece on how humans may still be evolving over the next millennium.  Since we can now adapt our environment to ourselves, we often assume that evolution has basically ended.  However the article points out:
“But DNA techniques, which probe genomes both present and past, have unleashed a revolution in studying. . .   Read More

Rick Prelinger “Lost Landscapes of San Francisco”

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 20th, 02008

Four Dimensional Cities

Cities are designed and built in three dimensions. Watching Prelinger’s historic footage of San Francisco last night (to a more than overflowing crowd) reminds us however that one of the most compelling dimensions to a city is it’s fourth dimension – time.

*Note that Counter Pulse will be hosting an encore. . .   Read More

Stewart Brand on Long Now’s Nevada Clock Site

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 18th, 02008

Back in November of 02004 Stewart Brand gave a very comprehensive talk at TED on our plans for the Nevada Clock site.  I had never seen it until TED talks posted it just recently.  Stewart talks through each aspect of our many years of site visits out there, and how we are looking at using. . .   Read More

Browseable DVD Version of the Rosetta Disk now available

by Laura Welcher on December 16th, 02008

A fully browseable version of the Rosetta Disk is now available on DVD from The Long Now store ($15).

The viewer on the DVD is powered by the OpenLayers 2.5 map visualization framework, which allows you to zoom all the way in to read even the microscopic text on both the front and back. . .   Read More

Antikythera Video

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 12th, 02008

Stewart Brand sent in this New Scientist update on the Antikythera Device reconstruciton that includes video. . .   Read More


by Kevin Kelly on December 11th, 02008

Digital continuity is a real problem. Digital information is very easy to copy within short periods of time, but very difficult to copy over long periods of time. That is, it is very easy to make lots of copies now, but very difficult to get the data to copy over a century. For two reasons. . .   Read More

Chickens come home to roost in 02008

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 9th, 02008

 The Foreign Policy journal has an excellent top ten list for 02008.  Top ten worst predictions.  This type of accountability is exactly why we started Long Bets. Excerpts below:
“[A]nyone who says we’re in a recession, or heading into one—especially the worst one since the Great Depression—is making up his own. . .   Read More

Biomimetic shatterproof ceramics

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 8th, 02008

 The MIT Tech Review published an article last week on a new type of engineered ceramic from UC Berekeley that is tough and resilient instead of the usual brittle stuff that allows cracks to propagate.  They did this by engineering the structure to be more like that of mother of pearl found in abalone shells. . .   Read More

19 Cities with 20 Million people in the next century

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 5th, 02008

 Bryan Campen let me know about this new piece by the founder of the TED conference, Richard Saul Wurman called 19.20.21.  It is bascially an animated info-graphic site looking through the main demographic and resource trends, and how they will play out over the next 90 years.  Very well done. . .   Read More

Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes

by Austin Brown on December 4th, 02008

If Indiana Jones had been created by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Stephen Pinker instead of Lucas and Spielberg, he might have been something like Daniel Everett.  His story is as visceral as it is intellectual – it’s got love, beauty, pain and suffering in the South American jungle and a high-stakes search to understand. . .   Read More

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