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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

The Size of Space

by Ahmed Kabil on November 19th, 02019

The “Big Here” doesn’t get much bigger than Neal Agarwal‘s The Size of Space, a new interactive visualization that provides a dose of perspective on our place in the universe. Starting with an astronaut, users can arrow through to different objects, celestial bodies and galaxies, ultimately zooming out . . .   Read More

Long Now Partners with GitHub on its Long-term Archive Program for Open Source Code

by Ahmed Kabil on November 13th, 02019

Long Now is pleased to announce that we have partnered with GitHub on its new archive program to preserve open source software for future generations.  The archive represents a significant step in averting a potential future digital dark age, when much of the software that powers modern civilization could be lost to bit . . .   Read More

How Salvaging Ancient Shipwrecks Might Lead us to Unveil the Mystery of Dark Matter

by Alice Riddell on November 11th, 02019

In a Long Now talk on dark matter and dark energy, theoretical astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan said that “we simultaneously know quite a lot, and not a lot” about the key ingredients of our universe. What we do know is that dark energy makes up about&. . .   Read More

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