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Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Long-term Thinking

by Ahmed Kabil on November 8th, 02019

In a new piece in The Atlantic, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis invokes long-term thinking as a necessary but increasingly-forgotten principle of American democracy . . .   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

Research and Rescue: A new piece in Longreads about De-extinction, Revive & Restore

by Ahmed Kabil on October 29th, 02019

Ashley Braun has recently written a feature for Longreads about de-extinction. Her piece profiles Revive & Restore‘s efforts to bring the passenger pigeon and black-footed ferret back from extinction, and features interviews with past Long Now speaker Beth Shapiro and Revive & Restore’s lead scientist Ben Novak: “De-. . .   Read More

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

The History of (Western) Philosophy

by Ahmed Kabil on October 22nd, 02019

The History of Philosophy is an interactive tool enabling users to dig into a visual timeline of 2,500 years of philosophical thought and discover lines of agreement and divergence. The project is the brainchild of Deniz Cem Önduygu, who is continually updating it as he learns more. Since sharing this link on social . . .   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

Long Short: Lil Buck with Icons of Modern Art

by Ahmed Kabil on October 15th, 02019

The Long Short for Suhanya Raffel’s seminar, World Art Through the Asian Perspective, featured American dancer Lil Buck dancing his way through the Foundation Luis Vuitton in Paris. . .   Read More

How to Send Messages 10,000 Years into the Future

by Ahmed Kabil on October 11th, 02019

Popular Science recently profiled our Rosetta and 10,000 Year Clock projects, as well as a number of related long-term thinking projects, such as Martin Kunze’s Memory of Mankind, the Apollo 12 MoonArk, nuclear waste ray cats, the Star Map at Hoover Dam, and more. Corroded, wrecked, and half-buried for . . .   Read More

The History of China’s Cold Chain

by Ahmed Kabil on October 3rd, 02019

Introducing wide-scale refrigeration to a nation’s food system brings about massive changes. Podcaster and journalist Nicola Twilley was able to witness those changes in real-time during a visit to China, where the amount of refrigerated space has grown more than 20x in the past ten years. . .   Read More

How to Avoid a Negative Climate Future for the World’s Oceans

by Ahmed Kabil on September 30th, 02019

On September 25th, the UN-led Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report on the impact of climate change on the world’s oceans. Over 100 authors from 36 countries analyzed the latest scientific findings on the cryosphere in a changing climate. The picture the report paints is dire, . . .   Read More