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Blog Archive for the ‘Futures’ Category

Edge Question 02015

by Charlotte Hajer on January 28th, 02015

It’s been an annual tradition since 01998: with a new year comes a new Edge question.
Every January, John Brockman presents the members of his online salon with a question that elicits discussion about some of the biggest intellectual and scientific issues of our time. Previous iterations have included prompts such as “What should. . .   Read More

The Thing from the Future: Prognostication Can Be Fun

by Ahmed Kabil on January 2nd, 02015

Imagining the future can be daunting, but The Thing from the Future card game makes it fun. While its creators the Situation Lab (a project of artist/designer Jeff Watson and Long Now fellow Stuart Candy) simply call it “an imagination game”, it’s quite an elegant factory for generating alternative futures.
Through collaboratively and. . .   Read More

“Wanderers” Short Film Gives Glimpse of Our Possible Future in Space

by Andrew Warner on December 11th, 02014

“Wanderers”, a short film by director Erik Wernquist, depicts a not-so-far future in which humanity has expanded throughout the solar system. The film starts with a panorama of humans 10,000 years ago at the dawn of civilization, a key point of reference in Long Now’s own intellectual ecosystem.

There are two. . .   Read More

The Artangel Longplayer Letters: Carne Ross writes to John Burnside

by Andrew Warner on December 8th, 02014

In April, Long Now board member Esther Dyson wrote a letter to Carne Ross as part of the Artangel Longplayer Letters series. The series is a relay-style correspondence: The first letter was written by Brian Eno to Nassim Taleb. Nassim Taleb then wrote to Stewart Brand, and Stewart wrote to Esther Dyson, who wrote. . .   Read More

World War II Sites, Then and Now

by Charlotte Hajer on October 22nd, 02014

About two years ago, we shared with you a set of enhanced photographs that visualized the transformation of World-War-II-era Leningrad into contemporary St. Petersburg.
We recently came across a similar photographic experiment in picturing historical change. The temporal lapse is similar: this interactive series compares 1940s images of European sites that played. . .   Read More

Future of Human Spaceflight at The Interval: September 30, 02014

by Mikl Em on September 18th, 02014

On Tuesday September 30, 02014 Ariel Waldman (Spacehack.org)
leads us to the stars. Tickets are almost sold out!

Ariel Waldman selfie by Ariel Waldman

Ariel Waldman: The Future of Human Spaceflight
Tuesday September 30, 02014 at 7:30pm
at The Interval (doors at 6:30)
Advanced Tickets are encouraged
Download the Pathways to Exploration. . .   Read More

Peter Schwartz: The Starships ARE Coming — A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on September 12th, 02014

In September 02013 futurist Peter Schwartz spoke for Long Now about realistic scenarios for human interstellar travel. Peter, a founding Long Now Board member, participated in “The 100-year Starship” project and contributed to the book Starship Century (Edited by Gregory Benford and James Benford) with scientists and science fiction authors positing realistic ways humanity. . .   Read More

The Future Declassified at The Interval: Tuesday September 23, 02014

by Mikl Em on September 5th, 02014

Our next talk at The Interval takes as its subject the complexities of our collective global future:
Mathew Burrows: The Future Declassified
hosted by Paul Saffo
Tuesday September 23, 02014 at 7:30pm
at The Interval (doors at 6:30)
Advanced Tickets are encouraged
as space is limited

The volatility of today’s world is. . .   Read More

We are Walking Rocks: Friends of the Pleistocene Explore the Geologic Now

by Charlotte Hajer on August 30th, 02014

In The Life and Death of Buildings: On Photography and Time Joel Smith writes:
Imagine making a picture using film so insensitive to light – so slow, in photographic parlance – that to burn an image onto it required an exposure of twenty-five centuries. Geologically speaking, the blink of an eye. The picture from that negative. . .   Read More

Adrian Hon, “Future Artifacts”

by Andrew Warner on August 4th, 02014

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

A History of the Future in 100 Objects
Wednesday July 16, 02014 – San Francisco

Video is up on the Hon Seminar page.
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Audio is up on the Hon Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast. . .   Read More