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Blog Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Kevin Kelly Appears on Jason Silva’s Flow Sessions Podcast

by Ahmed Kabil on January 6th, 02020

Long Now board member Kevin Kelly recently sat down with Jason Silva on his Flow Sessions podcast for a wide-ranging interview about the deeper sides of technology.   Read More

The Enlightenment is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement

by Danny Hillis on December 26th, 02019

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make. We are our thoughts, whether they are created by our . . .   Read More

AI Unearths New Nazca Line in the Shape of a Humanoid Figure

by Alice Riddell on December 20th, 02019

The Nazca lines in Peru have baffled archaeologists for a century. Photo Credit: Jon Arnold Images Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo In Southern Peru, deep in the Nazca Desert, ancient etchings spread across the landscape. To an observer at ground level, they appear as lines cut into the desert surface. Most are straight, while . . .   Read More

The 5 Questions We Need to Answer About Artificial Intelligence — Gurjeet Singh at The Interval

by Ahmed Kabil on December 12th, 02019

Creators of AI systems have a responsibility to figure out how they might go wrong, and govern them accordingly. . . .   Read More

Experiencing Deep Time Through Visual Storytelling

by Alice Riddell on November 26th, 02019

Two new projects are making million-year time frames more relatable
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A Trips Festival for the Digital Age

by Ahmed Kabil on November 21st, 02019

Sónar seeks to bridge the worlds of art and technology, the popular and the avant garde, and club culture and cyberculture . . .   Read More

American Infrastructure’s “Technical Debt”

by Ahmed Kabil on November 4th, 02019

With fires burning in California again, Alexis Madrigal has written a piece in The Atlantic on the technical debt embedded in America’s infrastructure: A kind of toxic debt is embedded in much . . .   Read More

How We Spend Time

by Ahmed Kabil on June 21st, 02019

Earlier this year, Craig Mod set out on a 620 mile walk across Japan to see if he could develop a more mindful relationship with his smartphone. Along the way, he discovered the benefits of boredom, the “experience of time,” and the enriching details we miss when we remain always-on:

A month ago, when. . .   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

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

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