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Blog Archive for the ‘Futures’ Category

The Future of Language at The Interval: Tuesday July 22, 02014

by Mikl Em on July 18th, 02014

Laura Welcher, David Evan Harris, and Mandana Seyfeddinipur speak on Tuesday, July 22 at The Interval

This Tuesday at The Interval “The Future of Language” featuring Dr. Laura Welcher of Long Now’s Rosetta Project and Global Lives Project’s David Evan Harris, and special guest Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur of the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme. . .   Read More

Adrian Hon Seminar Primer

by Charlotte Hajer on July 7th, 02014

Next Wednesday, July 16, Adrian Hon presents “A History of the Future in 100 Objects” in our monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking series. Each month our Seminar Primer gives you background about the upcoming speaker and links to find out even more. This month we’ll tell you how Adrian Hon uses the power. . .   Read More

Dissident Futures at YBCA

by Austin Brown on October 16th, 02013

On October 17th, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts opens their new exhibition, Dissident Futures which will explore how we think about possible futures through a variety of media, with a thematic focus on utopian, speculative, and pragmatic concepts.
A range of programs will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit, in collaboration with Long. . .   Read More

No Apocalypse Necessary

by Austin Brown on October 14th, 02013

Writing for Aeon Magazine, Colin Dickey, visited the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and discusses the apocalyptic rhetoric often associated with the project. He points out that apocalyptic thinking, while sometimes an effective motivator, can be a barrier to long-term thinking.
This obsession with impending disaster suggests that we see nature on a particularly human. . .   Read More

Peter Schwartz, “Starship Destiny”

by Austin Brown on October 2nd, 02013

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

The Starships ARE Coming
Tuesday September 17, 02013 – San Francisco

 

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Population, growth and decline

by Austin Brown on September 30th, 02013

In a New York Times op-ed piece recently, geographer Erle C. Ellis argues “Overpopulation is Not the Problem,” dismissing fears that humanity might exceed the Earth’s carrying capacity and bring global calamity upon ourselves.

Malthusian fears swing in and out of fashion, and the pendulum can often go too far the other way. . .   Read More

Optimism in the Anthropocene

by Austin Brown on September 11th, 02013

On sci-fi and futurism blog io9, editor Annalee Newitz made the case recently for what she calls geological optimism:
My hope for the future comes from geology, and a belief that one day we will invent machines that are environmental rather than technological.
Newitz argues that thinking about change and growth in primarily technological. . .   Read More

Peter Schwartz Seminar Primer

by Austin Brown on September 5th, 02013

“The Starships ARE Coming”
Tuesday September 17, 02013 at SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco

Peter Schwartz likes taking a long view. He’s a founding board member of The Long Now Foundation and in his career as a scenario planner he’s at the forefront of futurist thought, known for his book, The Art of the. . .   Read More

Long Bets Table at WorldFuture2013

by Andrew Warner on August 2nd, 02013

From July 19th- 21st in Chicago, the World Future Society hosted their annual conference, WorldFuture 2013. The conference had over 60 sessions, workshops, and special events over the course of two and a half days, including a keynote from former SALT speaker Nicholas Negroponte. Topics ranged from Artificial Intelligence and the future of education to. . .   Read More

Long Bets table at WorldFuture 2013

by Andrew Warner on July 11th, 02013

From July 19th- 21st in Chicago, the World Future Society will be hosting their annual conference, WorldFuture 2013. The conference has over 60 sessions, workshops, and special events over the course of two and a half days, including a keynote from former SALT speaker Nicholas Negroponte.

Topics range from Artificial Intelligence and the future of. . .   Read More