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Blog Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on February 8th, 02017

One of the most popular pieces of writing on our site is Long Now co-founder Danny Hillis’ remembrance of building an experimental computer with theoretical physicist Richard Feynman. It’s easy to see why: Hillis’ reminisces about Feynman’s final years as they worked together on the Connection Machine are at once illuminating and poignant, and paint […]

Edge Question 02017

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on January 20th, 02017

It’s been an annual tradition since 01998: with a new year comes a new Edge question.
Every January, John Brockman presents the members of his online salon with a question that elicits discussion about some of the biggest intellectual and scientific issues of our time. Previous iterations have included prompts such as “What should. . .   Read More

Long Now Member Discount for “The Next Billion conference” Thursday October 13th

by Andrew Warner on October 11th, 02016

On Thursday October 13th at the SFJAZZ Center, the digital news outlet Quartz is producing a one day conference called “The Next Billion”, and have offered Long Now Members a 40% discount.
The Next Billion is a metaphor for the future of the internet — mobile, global, exponential growth in emerging markets, as well as the. . .   Read More

Kevin Kelly, “Digital Is Just Getting Started”

by Andrew Warner on July 28th, 02016

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

The Next 30 Digital Years
Thursday July 14, 02016 – San Francisco

Video is up on the Kelly Seminar page.
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Audio is up on the Kelly Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast.
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Digital is just. . .   Read More

50% Long Now Member Discount for REAL2016 Conference Event at Fort Mason Center

by Andrew Warner on March 1st, 02016

On March 8th & 9th at Fort Mason Center, Autodesk will be hosting their annual conference event REAL2016, which focuses on new 3D technologies, including 3D modeling, 3D printing, laser scanning, augmented reality, and fabrication. Autodesk has generously offered Long Now Members a 50% discount for the event, please check your email for instructions on. . .   Read More

Molecular Foundry Award Goes to Rosetta Project to Develop a Wearable Rosetta Disk

by Laura Welcher on February 18th, 02016

This November, The Rosetta Project was awarded access to staff and facilities at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to develop a wearable version of the Rosetta Disk. The successful proposal, titled “The Rosetta Disk – An Exploration into Very Long-term Archiving” focused on the need for access to high-powered microscopes and imaging technology available at. . .   Read More

#nodigitaldarkage?

by Heather Ryan on February 10th, 02016

The concept of the Digital Dark Age has been around for quite some time, and has been a key topic of discussion at the Long Now Foundation since its inception in 01996. In fact, it has been my own raison d’être since I started grad school in 02006. It may be a surprise to. . .   Read More

Meet Otto — The Interval’s Chalkboard Drawing Machine

by Andrew Warner on January 26th, 02016

One of The Interval’s most distinctive features is “Otto”, our chalkboard drawing machine. Otto is a vector drawing machine that was built by Swiss artist Jürg Lehni. In this short video piece by Fusion media, you get to see Otto making a drawing and hear directly from Jürg about his work. To. . .   Read More

Edge Question 02016

by Andrew Warner on January 12th, 02016

It’s been an annual tradition since 01998: with a new year comes a new Edge question. Every January, John Brockman presents the members of his online salon with a question that elicits discussion about some of the biggest intellectual and scientific issues of our time. Previous iterations have included prompts such as “What should we […]

DOTS—Long-Term, Human-Readable Archival Data Storage

by Andrew Warner on December 27th, 02015

Via Alexis Madrigal’s TinyLetter, Real Future, DOTS is a Digital Optical Technology System developed by Eastman Kodak in the 01990s, and abandoned in 02002. In 02008, a team of digital imaging experts and former Kodak employees founded Group 47 to buy the DOTS patents and continue development. They succeeded in 2011.

Unlike magnetic and. . .   Read More