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Blog Archive for the year 02010

Brian Eno on how to create music of the future

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 3rd, 02010

Long Now founding board member Brian Eno has released a new album called Small Craft on a Milk Sea.  Recently he gave two great interviews on his creative process, one you can listen to over at NPR, and the other you can read over at Pitchfork.  I highly recommend listening and reading to both interviews […]

Short news cycle meets long-term thinking

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 2nd, 02010

Long Conversation – Pete Worden Announces 100-Year Starship from

As part of our Long Conversation event on October 16th, NASA Ames Director Pete Worden discussed a new DARPA/NASA research endeavor he called the “100 Year Starship” (see above).  This small mention originally reported by Amara Angelica at the Kurzweil AI blog has sparked a. . .   Read More

10,000 Years of stellar motion

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 2nd, 02010

There is an interesting bit of astronomy published over at sent to me by way of Danny Hillis and Tom Shannon.  Apparently astronomers focused Hubble on a certain region of Globular Cluster Omega Cantauri several times over 4 years.  They were then able to calculate how each of those stars will move in. . .   Read More

Opening Celebration: Global Lives Project at the Long Now

by Austin Brown on October 29th, 02010

Photo by Jessie Levandov Opening: Global Lives Project Installation at The Long Now Museum & Store Wednesday November 10 6:00 – 8:00 pm We’ll be celebrating the opening of a Global Lives Project installation at the Long Now Foundation Museum & Store on the evening of November 10th. Please join us for drinks, snacks and […]

100-Year Starship Announcement

by Austin Brown on October 28th, 02010

Long Conversation – Pete Worden Announces 100-Year Starship from The Long Now Foundation on Vimeo.

Long Conversation – Pete Worden Announces 100-Year Starship from The Long Now Foundation.

On October 16th, Long Now hosted the Long Conversation as part of our Longplayer event.  Speaking with Peter Schwartz about the future of space travel, NASA Ames. . .   Read More

David Eagleman on Possibilianism at Poptech

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 27th, 02010

The above video is Long Now board member David Eagleman discussing his idea of Possibilianism at the Poptech conference.  Eagleman talked a bit about this in his Long Now seminar and I thought it was great to hear him dive into it further. Enjoy. . .   Read More

Lera Boroditsky, “How Language Shapes Thought”

by Stewart Brand on October 27th, 02010

Languages are Parallel Universes
A Summary by Stewart Brand

“To have a second language is to have a second soul,” said Charlemagne around 800 AD. “Each language has its own cognitive toolkit,” said psychologist/linguist Lera Boroditsky in 2010 AD.

Different languages handle verbs, distinctions, gender, time, space, metaphor, and agency differently, and those differences. . .   Read More


by Alex Mensing on October 26th, 02010

This video, which uses words and meaning to stitch together a series of otherwise unrelated shots, was created by Everynone in collaboration with WNYC’s Radiolab and National Public Radio. It was shown as part of our “Long Short” series of short films that convey long term thinking. This Long Short was screened at Lera. . .   Read More

Stone Age Battery

by Austin Brown on October 21st, 02010

Jamie O’Shea is an artist interested in technology, memory and time. In the video below he demonstrates how to create an electrical battery using only stone-age materials. As Jamie points out, this isn’t just great material for the Manual for Civilization – it’s also a good way to illustrate that the historically observed progression of […]

Prague Astronomical Clock – 600th Anniversary Show

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on October 13th, 02010

The 600 Years from the macula on Vimeo.

Member Trey Darley sent in this absolutely stunning video mapping show done for the 600th anniversary of one of the greatest clocks ON the planet:  The Astronomical Clock in Prague.  This was done a few days ago on October 9th. Worth watching all the way through.

Prague. . .   Read More