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Blog Archive for the year 02011

100 Years in 10 Minutes

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 31st, 02011

Happy new year to all…

derDon1234 created a compilation featuring some of the important events of the last 100 years (2911-1011) in 10 minutes.

via Laughing Squid,  The Awesomer, BuzzFeed & . .   Read More

Charter City, Honduras

by Austin Brown on December 29th, 02011

In 02009, economist Paul Romer presented to the Seminars About Long-term Thinking his idea for Charter Cities. Modeled on Hong Kong but stripped of the colonialism (ideally, anyway), Charter Cities are meant to bring the agility and creativity of start-ups to the world of governance.

The Economist recently published an article about a. . .   Read More

Investing in a Singularity

by Austin Brown on December 14th, 02011

The math governing compound interest offers an enticing proposition to investors with patience and an eye for the distant future. A great piece in Lapham’s Quarterly surveys this siren’s call and some of the characters, fortunes and court cases wrecked on its shores:
‘A few years before [Benjamin] Franklin drafted his will, philosopher. . .   Read More

Brewster Kahle, “Universal Access to All Knowledge”

by Stewart Brand on December 1st, 02011

All knowledge, to all people, for all time, for free
A Summary by Stewart Brand
Universal access to all knowledge, Kahle declared, will be one of humanity’s greatest achievements. We are already well on the way. “We’re building the Library of Alexandria, version 2. We can one-up the Greeks!”

Start with what. . .   Read More


by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 22nd, 02011

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The 10,000 Year Clock is mentioned on the November 28th cover and listed as one of the 50 best inventions of the year by Time Magazine. . .   Read More

The Future According to Films

by Alex Mensing on November 15th, 02011

We found this wonderful visualization of future events from the world of film on infographipedia, courtesy of Tremulant Design. Most of the occurrences on the timeline take place during this millennium, though a few producers have ventured multi-millennial forecasts.

Long Now in Space

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 13th, 02011

(Astronaut removing the MISSE-7 Experiment with our sample on EVA1 on the STS-134 mission)
Back in 02009 through a partnership with Applied Minds, and in turn the Air Force Research Lab (who generously invited us to include a sample), we sent one of our Rosetta materials on an experiment called MISSE-7 (pronounced. . .   Read More

Brian Eno on Colbert Nation

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 11th, 02011

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Founding Long Now board member Brian Eno was on Colbert last night and he got a chance to discuss Long Now and Clock Project.  Also not to be missed is the end segment where Brian, Steven and. . .   Read More

Healthy Urbanization Requires Long-term Planning

by Alex Mensing on November 7th, 02011

Researchers at the McKinsey Global Institute have been studying the process of urbanization – what works and what doesn’t – and argue in this article that the detrimental effects of rapid city growth are not directly the result of insufficient resources. Rather, they stem from management that is neither comprehensive enough nor farsighted enough.

Does this. . .   Read More

Dr. Laura Welcher at Berkeley Language Center, November 9th

by Austin Brown on November 1st, 02011

The Berkeley Language Center will be hosting a talk by Long Now’s Dr. Laura Welcher on November 9th. The talk is open to the public and starts at 3:00pm in Dwinelle Hall B-4.
The Rosetta Project at The Long Now Foundation is working to build an open public digital collection of all. . .   Read More

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