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The Art of World-Building in Science Fiction

by Ahmed Kabil on September 27th, 02019

The process of world-building in science fiction isn’t just about coming to grips with the consequences of your narrative arc and making it believable. It’s also about imagining a better world.

How to Practice Long-term Thinking in a Distracted World

by Ahmed Kabil on September 21st, 02019

WIRED’s Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson recently interviewed Bina Venkataraman about her new book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age. Venkataraman’s book focuses on the need for more long-term thinking in the world, and explores issues that have long been a focus for us . . .   Read More

Long Now hosts Anthropocene Film Festival

by Ahmed Kabil on September 16th, 02019

Long Now is honored to host the San Francisco premiere of ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch on Sunday, September 29, 02019 at 1:30pm at the historic Castro Theatre. This special Sunday afternoon Seminar will feature the film screening, followed by a Q&A with Stewart Brand and all 3 filmmakers. A . . .   Read More

Short film of Comet 67P made from 400,000 Rosetta images is released

by Ahmed Kabil on September 12th, 02019

On August 6, 02014, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe successfully reached Comet 67P. In addition to studying the comet, Rosetta was able to place one of Long Now’s Rosetta Disks on its surface via its Philae lander. In 02017, ESA released over 400,000 images from the Rosetta mission. . . .   Read More

Long-term Building in Japan

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 11th, 02019

When I started working with Stewart Brand over two decades ago, he told me about the ideas behind Long Now, and how we might build the seed for a very long-lived institution. . .   Read More

What a Prehistoric Monument Reveals about the Value of Maintenance

by Ahmed Kabil on September 5th, 02019

Members of Long Now London chalking the White Horse of Uffington, a 3000-year-old prehistoric hill figure in England. Photo by Peter Landers. Imagine, if you will, that you could travel back in time three thousand years to the late Bronze Age, with a bird’s eye view of a hill near . . .   Read More

The Amazon is not the Earth’s Lungs

by Ahmed Kabil on September 1st, 02019

Peter Brannen, writing in The Atlantic, details why a popular claim being made on social media isn’t true—not to downplay the impact of the fires, but to educate audiences on how the various systems of our planet interact   Read More

The Vineyard Gazette on Revive & Restore’s Heath Hen De-extinction Efforts

by Ahmed Kabil on August 28th, 02019

 The world’s last heath hen went extinct in Martha’s Vineyard in 01932. The Revive & Restore team recently paid a visit there to discuss their efforts to bring the species back. Members of the Revive & Restore team next to a statue of Booming Ben, the last heath hen. From the . . .   Read More

David Byrne Launches New Online Magazine, Reasons to Be Cheerful

by Ahmed Kabil on August 26th, 02019

In his Long Now talk earlier this summer, David Byrne announced that he would soon launch a new website called Reasons to Be Cheerful. The premise, Byrne said, was to document stories and projects that give cause for optimism in troubles times. He was after solutions-oriented efforts that provided tangible lessons that could be. . .   Read More

AI analyzed 3.3 million scientific abstracts and discovered possible new materials

by Ahmed Kabil on August 15th, 02019

A new paper shows how AI can accelerate scientific discovery through analyzing millions of scientific abstracts. Read More