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Blog Archive for the ‘Futures’ Category

Paul Saffo Featured on Singularity Hub’s Ask An Expert Series

by Charlotte Hajer on August 17th, 02015

This week’s episode of Singularity Hub’s Ask an Expert features Long Now Board member Paul Saffo.

Ask an Expert is a new web series in which, well, experts answer tweeted questions about the future of technology. In this episode, Paul discusses virtual reality, weighs in on the word ‘disrupt’, and considers the possibility. . .   Read More

Ramez Naam, “Enhancing Humans and Humanity”

by Danielle Engelman on August 7th, 02015

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

Enhancing Humans, Advancing Humanity
Wednesday July 22, 02015 – San Francisco

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World Future Society Conference July 24-26

by Andrew Warner on July 9th, 02015

On July 24-26, the World Future Society’s annual conference WorldFuture 2015: Making the Future will be taking place at the Union Square Hilton in San Francisco. Speakers include Long Now Board Members Peter Schwartz & Paul Saffo and Seminar Speakers Rusty Schweickart & Ramez Naam. Long Now Members get a 20% discount on tickets on […]

The Artangel Longplayer Letters: John Burnside writes to Manuel Arriaga

by Andrew Warner on May 26th, 02015

In April, Carne Ross wrote a letter to John Burnside 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 to Carne Ross, who. . .   Read More

The Near and Far Future of Libraries

by Andrew Warner on March 2nd, 02015

“The Near and Far Future of Libraries”, an article in the new publication “Hopes & Fears”, includes an interview with Long Now’s Dr. Laura Welcher on the dangers of the “digital dark age”.
Laura Welcher is Director of the Rosetta Project, The Long Now Foundation’s language-preservation effort that explores storage mediums that. . .   Read More

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 - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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