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Blog Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

People slept on comfy grass beds 200,000 years ago

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on August 20th, 02020

The oldest beds known to science now date back nearly a quarter of a million years: traces of silicate from woven grasses found in the back of Border Cave (in South Africa, which has a nearly continuous record of occupation dating back to 200,000 BCE). Ars Technica reports: Most of the artifacts that . . .   Read More

3-D Digital Model Brings Ancient Athens Back to Life

by Alice Riddell on February 21st, 02020

As recently reported by the Smithsonian Magazine, a new 3-D model, created by photographer-animator Dimitris Tsalkanis, transports us digitally back into 3,000 years of ancient Athenian history. The free site, Ancient Athens 3-D, offers an online immersive experience through seven different time periods, from 01200 B.C., through to the . . .   Read More

The role of 80-million year-old rocks in American slavery — Lewis Dartnell at The Interval

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on December 4th, 02019

When cretaceous-age rocks in the Southern US eroded over millions of years, they produced a uniquely rich, fertile soil that landowners realized was ideal for growing cash crops such as cotton. It was the soil from these rocks that slaves toiled over in the era of American slavery—and the same ground that . . .   Read More

A Trips Festival for the Digital Age

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on November 21st, 02019

Sónar seeks to bridge the worlds of art and technology, the popular and the avant garde, and club culture and cyberculture . . .   Read More

Neal Stephenson on the Ending of Game of Thrones

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on July 15th, 02019

Author Neal Stephenson discusses the controversial ending to Game of Thrones and why endings are generally so hard to nail in works of fiction.

From the Neal Stephenson Conversation at the Interval, “Fall, or Dodge in Hell.” Watch the full video here. . .   Read More

How Art and Culture Can Help Us Rethink Time

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on May 22nd, 02019

A new piece in BBC’s Deep Civilisation series explores the role of art in long-term thinking. The piece is authored by founders of a new organization, The Long Time Project, whose mission is to “[stretch] our capacity to care about the long-term so that we take responsibility for it in the short. . .   Read More

Seminar Highlight: Ian McEwan on How Humans Will Come To Trust A.I

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on May 16th, 02019

Taking a question from the audience, author Ian McEwan says that we’ll know we’ve achieved complete trust with lifelike machines once we stop asking them, “Are you real?”

From the Long Now Seminar, “Machines Like Me” by Ian McEwan. . .   Read More

How We’ll Forget John Lennon

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on February 25th, 02019

 

 

Nautilus interviews Cesar A. Hidalgo, Director of the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab, on how people and products become forgotten by culture. . .   Read More

A Tribute to the Late Larry Harvey

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on May 1st, 02018

The late Larry Harvey, founder of Burning Man, on what makes the festival so unique. From Larry Harvey’s 02014 Long Now Seminar “Why The Man Keeps Burning,” which you can watch in full here. . .   Read More

Paleolithic Cave Paintings Appear to be the Earliest Examples of Sequential Animation and Graphic Narrative

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on March 24th, 02018

In the 02010s, the animated GIF, for better or worse, took hold as the visual language of internet culture. The ubiquity and increased power of mobile devices enabled users to share animations with ease. And share they did. In 02016, the GIF-sharing site Giphy revealed that its 100 million daily active users sent 1. . .   Read More

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