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Growing a forest of 5000 year trees

by Bryan Campen - Twitter: @bryancampen on December 11th, 02015

This month, your contributions to The Long Now Foundation support the creation of the Fund of the Long Now. We will leverage this fund, through centuries of interest and investments, to help make Long Now a truly long-term institution.

Supporters of the fund are receiving a limited edition Bristlecone Pine Tree Kit (pictured above. . .   Read More

The Fund of the Long Now

by Bryan Campen - Twitter: @bryancampen on December 1st, 02015

June 02016 marks Long Now’s twentieth anniversary. In terms of a new nonprofit, it is a pretty good run. But for Long Now it means that we still have at least 9,980 years left to go… So we decided to build a fund to better ensure our future, and at the same moment put deep […]

Jesse Schell Launches The Crystal Ball Society

by Bryan Campen - Twitter: @bryancampen on June 22nd, 02011

Jesse Schell interviews gaming legend Bob Bates, who predicts that we will be having emotional vocal conversations with game characters by 2021.

There’s really no one more fun to watch predict the future than Jesse Schell,  so it’s our good fortune that he just launched The Crystal Ball Society as a space to. . .   Read More

Mammoth Time Lapse

by Bryan Campen - Twitter: @bryancampen on June 9th, 02010

“Long Shorts” – short films that exemplify long-term thinking.  Please submit yours in the comments section…

This video is part of the Mammoths and Mastodons exhibit at The Field Museum in Chicago, and was the Long Short for our Seminar with Nils Gilman.

It’s a reverse time lapse put together by Greg Mercer and. . .   Read More

Rosetta and Long Now on Life After People

by Bryan Campen - Twitter: @bryancampen on February 4th, 02010

Rosetta Project Director Laura Welcher recently took part in a segment on The History Channel’s Life After People series. In an episode titled “Crypt of Civilization,” Laura discusses the Rosetta Disk and The 10,000 Year Clock.   

The central question of the series is “How long would it last?” The series explores various materials, systems […]

Flesh and blood long-term library

by Bryan Campen - Twitter: @bryancampen on January 12th, 02010

Great piece in the Washington Post on the future of ancient books in Timbuktu.

“A sort of ancient-book fever has gripped Timbuktu in recent years” as outsiders encounter large, family-owned collections of ancient manuscripts which remain in private hands. at the same time, Timbuktu’s residents “hope to lure the world to a. . .   Read More

One Billion Years of Memory

by Bryan Campen - Twitter: @bryancampen on May 28th, 02009

Last week ran a clip of this post from Nanowerk (a more complete report will be available here June 10th):
“A new experimental computer memory device that can store 1 terabyte per square inch… with an estimated lifetime of more than one billion years has been developed by Alex Zettl of UC Berkeley. . .   Read More