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Blog Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

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

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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 - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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 - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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 - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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 - 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

Alison Gopnik on the Long-term Future of AI

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil 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

Technology in Deep Time

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on April 3rd, 02019

In a new essay for BBC’s Deep Civilisation series, British philosopher Tom Chatfield explores how technology has co-evolved alongside humans. While humans have only existed as a brief interval on the cosmic timescale, the process of “recursive iteration” that defines our relationship with our tools has led to us having an outsized impact. . .   Read More

Essays by George Church and George Dyson from John Brockman’s New Book on A.I.

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on February 19th, 02019

On Monday, February 25th, 02019, John Brockman (Founder of edge.org) will speak at Long Now about his new book on artificial intelligence, Possible Minds. Brockman will interview several of the contributors to the book, Rodney Brooks, Alison Gopnik and Stuart Russell on stage. Following the interviews, Kevin Kelly will host the Q&A. . .   Read More

Future Thoughts

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on January 14th, 02019

The featured “Long Short” from our Seminar on Long-term Thinking in January 02019 with Martin Rees, “Future Thoughts” by Loek Vugs.

Future Thoughts is an experimental, short film showing a collection of ideas about everyday life and new technologies in the near future. . .   Read More