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Steven Johnson: The Long Zoom – A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on April 22nd, 02014

In May 02007 author Steven Johnson spoke for Long Now about The Long Zoom, which is his take on how humans integrate perspectives at different scales for both pleasure and practical reasons. He explains this “zoom” in everything from computer games to ending the cholera epidemic in 19th century London. That last topic, the subject. . .   Read More

George Dyson: No Time Is There – A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on April 4th, 02014

In March 02013 George Dyson spoke for Long Now about the origins of the digital universe. Dyson, an author and science historian, gave a detailed explication of the dawn of the modern computer in the 1950s at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). Twice a month we highlight a Seminar About Long-term Thinking. . .   Read More

Construction of The Interval at Long Now: Shelves and Booths

by Mikl Em on March 20th, 02014

photos by Catherine Borgeson (except where noted) We’ve talked a lot in recent weeks about the Manual for Civilization and all the books we are adding based on suggestions from Brian Eno, Kevin Kelly, Maria Popova, Violet Blue, Stewart Brand and others (see the lists). Now we can start to show you where those books […]

Edward Burtynsky: The 10,000-year Gallery – A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on March 19th, 02014

In October 02008 Edward Burtynsky spoke for Long Now on The 10,000-year Gallery. Burtynsky, an internationally-recognized photographer, presented his ideas for a gallery of images to accompany the Clock of the Long Now.

Watch video of Edward Burtynsky’s talk here.
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Lera Boroditsky: How Language Shapes Thought – A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on March 5th, 02014

In October 02010 Lera Boroditsky spoke for Long Now on How Language Shapes Thought in a talk that resonates with the Rosetta Project, Long Now’s language preservation project.

SALT audio is free for everyone on our Seminar pages and via podcast. Long Now members can see all Seminar videos in HD. Video of the. . .   Read More

Chris Anderson: The Makers Revolution – A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on February 20th, 02014

This is the debut of a new feature on our blog. A couple times a month we’ll highlight a past Long Now Seminar About Long-term Thinking (SALT). We’ll start with a talk from a year ago. Author and technologist Chris Anderson spoke about The Makers Revolution in February 02013.

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Long Now Salon Construction & Fundraising Update – January 02014

by Mikl Em on January 20th, 02014

Fourteen months ago we announced: We have begun a campaign to transform our space in Fort Mason into a salon, museum, cafe and bar. We invite you to check out the video and if you can, please support… As we begin 02014, construction of the Long Now Salon project continues. We’ve also surpassed 2/3 of […]

02013: The Year in Long Now Seminars

by Mikl Em on January 15th, 02014

Did you hear the news that has video of the twelve most recent Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) free for everyone to view? It’s true. So here’s an overview of SALT’s tenth year, the dozen Seminars of 02013. You can see the full videos of these talks on our. . .   Read More

Long Now Seminar Videos for Everyone

by Mikl Em on January 6th, 02014

We begin 02014 with some big news about online access to our Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT). Now for the first time on there is full, free public access to video of the twelve most recent Long Now Seminars. That’s a whole year’s worth, and as new Seminars are added. . .   Read More

Long Now Years: Five-digit Dates and Y10K-compliance at Home

by Mikl Em on December 31st, 02013

Long Now 10-second Intro animation Conceived by Alexander Rose, James Anderson and Chris Baldwin | Sound by Brian Eno The Long Now Foundation uses five-digit dates to guard against the deca-millennium bug (the “Y10K” problem) which will come into effect in about 8,000 years. As you may have noticed any reference we make to a […]