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Blog Archive for the ‘Futures’ Category

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

The Artangel Longplayer Letters: Nassim Taleb writes to Stewart Brand

by Austin Brown on July 8th, 02013

In April, Brian Eno wrote to Nassim Nicholas Taleb, asking, “how can we even think about designing for a future that we can’t imagine?”

The letter he sent was the inaugural Longplayer Letter, the first in a series of letters published by ArtAngel and Jem Finer’s Longplayer – a project to compose and perform. . .   Read More

The Imagined Future of 02013

by Charlotte Hajer on May 6th, 02013

Long Now’s Long Bets project is founded on the premise that we can improve our long-term thinking by holding ourselves accountable for the predictions we make about the future. By revisiting our forecasts as time goes by, we reveal the subtle mechanics of society’s evolution, and teach ourselves something about what kinds. . .   Read More

The Economist hosts online debate about the future of driverless cars

by Austin Brown on May 2nd, 02013

The Economist asks:
Are completely self-driving cars feasible in the foreseeable future?
Debating this proposition are Long Now board member Paul Saffo and automotive R&D executive Andrew Bergbaum. Saffo is “for the proposition” – he argues that self-driving cars will be commercially available, and maybe even common, by 02030 – while Bergbaum is. . .   Read More

Humanity’s Last Game

by Charlotte Hajer on April 11th, 02013

Former SALT speaker and professor of religion James Carse distinguishes between “finite” and “infinite” games: “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the game.” We might think of games as things we ‘play’ – as make-believe universes in which we might wander around for a period of time, engaged […]

Nicholas Negroponte Seminar Primer

by Andrew Warner on April 4th, 02013

“Beyond Digital”
Wednesday April 17, 02012 at the Marines’ Memorial Theater, San Francisco

Nicholas Negroponte has made a name for himself not just by predicting the future, but by creating it. He co-founded and, for 15 years, directed the MIT Media Lab, which has become the premier academic incubator for advanced technologies research in. . .   Read More

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