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Blog Archive for the year 02020

Alexander Rose Joins Long Now Board

by Ahmed Kabil on March 27th, 02020

Long Now’s Executive Director, Alexander Rose, has been invited to join the Long Now board. He will remain in his role as Executive Director. Rose is an industrial designer and has been working with The Long Now Foundation and computer scientist Danny Hillis since 01997 to build a monument . . .   Read More

The Archaeobotanist Searching Art for Lost Fruit

by Alice Riddell on March 16th, 02020

As Vittoria Traverso writes for Atlas Obscura, Isabella Dalla Ragione brings art and nature together in her search for the forgotten fruits of Northern Italy. By combing through clues in ancient paintings and manuscripts, Ragione has revealed . . .   Read More

An Epidemic of False Confidence Related to COVID-19

by Danny Hillis on March 14th, 02020

As someone who spent my childhood moving from epidemic to epidemic with my virologist father and epidemiologist mother, I am surprised at the degree of certainty expressed by both optimists and pessimists regarding their predictions of the COVID-19 epidemic. . .   Read More

The Thames at Low Tide Reveals a Treasure Trove of Historical Tokens

by Alice Riddell on March 11th, 02020

As recently reported by Megan Specia for The New York Times, The Thames in London is hiding historical secrets on its shore, and certain explorers are eager to uncover them. At low tide, the river peels back to expose a beachy foreshore, and with it, long forgotten antiques and partially buried objects, dating as . . .   Read More

The Neobiological Frontier: An Interview with Jane Metcalfe, Founder and CEO of NEO.LIFE

by Ahmed Kabil on March 10th, 02020

Our March Seminar speaker is Jane Metcalfe, the Founder and CEO of NEO.LIFE, a digital media company she created in 02017 to explore the rapidly developing fields of biology and technology and how they are shaping the future of our species. Metcalfe is also the co-founder of WIRED. NEO.LIFE has just . . .   Read More

Podcast: Long-Term Stock Exchange | Eric Ries

by Ahmed Kabil on March 6th, 02020

Companies that operate with a long-term mindset tend to outperform their peers over time. But the pressure to achieve short-term quarterly gains often works against longer-term sustainable growth, and can push even the most visionary company into a short-term mindset. In 02019, the Long-Term Stock Exchange was approved as . . .   Read More

Discovery of Archaeological ‘Megasities’ Resituates Research on Early Urban Areas

by Alice Riddell on March 5th, 02020

New research, as reported by Science News, suggests our first cities were more expansive and socially egalitarian than originally thought. Beneath Nebelivka, a small Ukrainian village in Eastern Europe, newly discovered ancient remnants expose what is known archaeologically as a ‘megasite.’ These sites . . .   Read More

Podcast: Engram Preservation – Early Work Towards Mind Uploading | Robert McIntyre

by Ahmed Kabil on March 4th, 02020

Is it possible to preserve and read memories after someone has died? Robert McIntyre thinks it is, and that the technology is closer than most people realize. His company Nectome is working on documenting the physical properties of memory formation, and studying ways to preserve those physical properties after death. McIntyre has already won . . .   Read More

Photographer Captures the Surprising Beauty of Doomsday Seed Vaults

by Alice Riddell on March 4th, 02020

Artist and professor, Dornith Doherty, has traveled to Svalbard, Norway and to Sussex, England, among others, to document the ethereal nature of the seeds stored in these sub zero temperature vaults. The Millennium Seed Bank in Sussex now contains more than 2.3 billion seeds, spanning more than 40,000 different species. As reported . . .   Read More

Our Long Bets and Predictions about 02020

by Ahmed Kabil on February 26th, 02020

The year 02020, like 02000 before it and 02050 after it, has long captivated the popular imagination as a kind of shorthand for “the future.” Some predictions about life in 02020 are remarkably prescient: In 02004, the National Intelligence Council predicted that an “America first” movement would rise in the United States; In Ray . . .   Read More