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Blog Archive for the ‘Futures’ Category

Predicting the Animals of the Future

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on July 31st, 02020

Gizmodo asks half a dozen natural historians to speculate on who is going to be doing what jobs on Earth after the people disappear. One of the streams that runs wide and deep through this series of fun thought experiments is how so many niches stay the same through catastrophic changes . . .   Read More

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

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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: How to Be Futuristic | Bruce Sterling

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on February 18th, 02020

The future is a kind of history that hasn’t happened yet. The past is a kind of future that has already happened. The present moment vanishes before it can be described. Language, a human invention, lacks the power to fully adhere to reality. We live in a very short now and here, since . . .   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

Long-Lived Institutions

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 27th, 02019

The Sagrada Familia Catholic Church in Barcelona, Spain. The Catholic Church is one of the longest-lived institutions in human history.

The Long Now Foundation was founded in 01996 with the idea to build a 10,000 year clock — an icon to long-term thinking that might inspire people to engage more deeply with. . .   Read More

Five Principles for Thinking Like a Futurist

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on March 17th, 02019

On the occasion of 50th anniversary of the founding of the Institute for the Future, Marina Gorbis (who has worked at IFTF for 20 years) recently shared five principles for thinking like a futurist:

Forget about predictions.
Focus on signals.
Look back to see forward.
Uncover patterns.
Create a community.

As Gorbis puts it:
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Future Thoughts

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on January 14th, 02019

The featured “Long Short” from our Seminar on Long-term Thinking in January 02019 with Martin Rees, “Future Thoughts” by Loek Vugs.

Future Thoughts is an experimental, short film showing a collection of ideas about everyday life and new technologies in the near future. . .   Read More

The Future Right Around the Corner

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on July 29th, 02018

Medium’s “Future Human” essay collection explores the scientific, technological, social and medical advances that are changing where and how we live. The collection features work by and about various members of the Long Now community, including past speakers (Andy Weir and Annalee Newitz), collaborators (the geneticist George Church), and staff (Long Now Editor Ahmed. . .   Read More

The Other 10,000 Year Project: Long-Term Thinking and Nuclear Waste

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on March 16th, 02017

With half-lives ranging from 30 to 24,000, or even 16 million years , the radioactive elements in nuclear waste defy our typical operating time frames. The questions around nuclear waste storage — how to keep it safe from those who might wish to weaponize it, where to store it, by what methods, for how long, […]

The Future Will Have to Wait

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 6th, 02017

Eleven years ago this month, Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon published an article in Details Magazine about Long Now and the Clock.  It continues to be one of the best and most poignant pieces written to date…

The Future Will Have to Wait
Written by Michael Chabon for Details in January of 02006

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