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Blog Archive for the ‘Long Now Seminars’ Category

Podcast: The Future of Breathing | James Nestor

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on December 22nd, 02020

Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, journalist James Nestor questions the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function, breathing. Nestor tracks down . . .   Read More

Podcast: The Making and Maintenance of our Open Source Infrastructure | Nadia Eghbal

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on December 10th, 02020

Nadia Eghbal is particularly interested in infrastructure, governance, and the economics of the internet – and how the dynamics of these subjects play out in software, online communities and generally living life online. Eghbal, who interviewed hundreds of . . .   Read More

Podcast: Long-Term Stock Exchange | Eric Ries

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on March 6th, 02020

Companies that operate with a long-term mindset tend to outperform their peers over time. But the pressure to achieve short-term quarterly gains often works against longer-term sustainable growth, and can push even the most visionary company into a short-term mindset. In 02019, the Long-Term Stock Exchange was approved as . . .   Read More

Podcast: Long-term Thinking in a Distracted World | Bina Venkataraman

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on January 29th, 02020

What does practical long-term thinking look like? Bina Venkataraman’s new book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, brings this abstract question to life. Through a series of anecdotes and case studies that draw from her background in public policy, climate change strategy, and journalism, Venkataraman explores . . .   Read More

Is Mars the Solution for Earth’s Problems?

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on December 9th, 02019

Geologist Marcia Bjornerud and Long Now’s Executive Director Alexander Rose debate about whether going to Mars is a viable long-term sustainability plan for human survival.

The Visual Language of the Hong Kong Protests

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on October 28th, 02019

Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of the M+ Museum in Hong Kong, shares her curatorial perspective on the unique visual art of the Hong Kong protests, which is largely un-authored and digital in nature.. . .   Read More

Andrew McAfee Bets on More from Less

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on October 16th, 02019

Our next Seminar speaker, Andrew McAfee, has offered a group of 14 predictions on Long Bets . . .   Read More

David Byrne Launches New Online Magazine, Reasons to Be Cheerful

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on August 26th, 02019

In his Long Now talk earlier this summer, David Byrne announced that he would soon launch a new website called Reasons to Be Cheerful. The premise, Byrne said, was to document stories and projects that give cause for optimism in troubles times. He was after solutions-oriented efforts that provided tangible lessons that could be. . .   Read More

Mariana Mazzucato on the Economics Behind the Apollo Moon Landing

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

Getting to the moon and back again required unprecedented innovation across different sectors of the United States economy. Read More

Seminar Highlight: Ian McEwan on How Humans Will Come To Trust A.I

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on May 16th, 02019

Taking a question from the audience, author Ian McEwan says that we’ll know we’ve achieved complete trust with lifelike machines once we stop asking them, “Are you real?”

From the Long Now Seminar, “Machines Like Me” by Ian McEwan. . .   Read More

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