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Blog Archive for the ‘Long Now Seminars’ Category

Is Mars the Solution for Earth’s Problems?

by Ahmed Kabil 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 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 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 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 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 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

Former Seminar Speaker Stephen Pyne Interviewed in Piece About California Wildfires

by Ahmed Kabil on May 15th, 02019

Former Seminar speaker Stephen Pyne was recently interviewed for a piece in New York Magazine about what it means to build permanent structures in California—a state that was always meant to continually burn and shake. 

So quickly, according to the fire historian Stephen Pyne, we forget the threat is even real. “We think. . .   Read More

Jeff Goodell: We’re Not Going to ‘Fix’ Climate Change

by Ahmed Kabil on April 16th, 02019

There’s not going to be a ‘fix’ for climate change, says science journalist Jeff Goodell. There will only be adaptations. From the Long Now Seminar, “The Water Will Come. . .   Read More

Alison Gopnik on the Long-term Future of AI

by Ahmed Kabil on April 9th, 02019

Alison Gopnik, a professor of psychology and philosophy at UC-Berkeley, believes that the changes AI will bring to humanity will be profound, but that we won’t notice them.

From John Brockman’s Long Now Seminar “Possible Minds. . .   Read More

Stuart J. Russell on Filter Bubbles and the Future of Artificial Intelligence

by Ahmed Kabil on March 20th, 02019

Computer scientist Stuart Russell discusses the future and possible risks of artificial intelligence, focusing specifically on the problem of filter bubbles on social media.Read More

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