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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

Mariana Mazzucato on the Economics Behind the Apollo Moon Landing

by Ahmed Kabil on July 17th, 02019

Getting to the moon and back again required unprecedented innovation across different sectors of the United States economy. Read More

Neal Stephenson on the Ending of Game of Thrones

by Ahmed Kabil on July 15th, 02019

Author Neal Stephenson discusses the controversial ending to Game of Thrones and why endings are generally so hard to nail in works of fiction.

From the Neal Stephenson Conversation at the Interval, “Fall, or Dodge in Hell.” Watch the full video here. . .   Read More

Brian Eno’s Soundtrack for the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

by Ahmed Kabil on July 12th, 02019

50 years ago, the Apollo 11 moon landing was televised live to some 600 million viewers back on planet Earth. One of them was future Long Now co-founder Brian Eno, then 21. He found himself underwhelmed by what he saw. 

Footage from the television transmission of the moon landing.

Surely, there was more. . .   Read More

The Global Tree Restoration Potential

by Ahmed Kabil on July 9th, 02019

Earlier this month, a study appeared in Science that found that a global reforestation effort could capture 205 gigatons of CO2 over the next 40-100 years—two thirds of all the CO2 humans have generated since the industrial revolution:

The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation. We. . .   Read More

Long-Lived Institutions

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 27th, 02019

The Sagrada Familia Catholic Church in Barcelona, Spain. The Catholic Church is one of the longest-lived institutions in human history.

The Long Now Foundation was founded in 01996 with the idea to build a 10,000 year clock — an icon to long-term thinking that might inspire people to engage more deeply with. . .   Read More

Revive & Restore Releases Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan

by Ahmed Kabil on June 26th, 02019

Revive & Restore has released a 200-page report providing the first-of-its-kind assessment of genomic and biotech innovations to complement, enhance, and accelerate today’s marine conservation strategies.

Revive & Restore’s mission is to enhance biodiversity through the genetic rescue of endangered and extinct species. In pursuit of this and in. . .   Read More

How We Spend Time

by Ahmed Kabil 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

Long-term Thinking in a Start-up Town

by Ahmed Kabil on June 18th, 02019

Long Now’s Executive Director Alexander Rose recently appeared on the Freakonomics podcast in Episode 381, “Long-term Thinking in a Start-up Town.” The podcast was recorded before a live audience in a variety show format. In addition to Rose, the show featured the co-founder of Lyft, a pioneer in male birth control. . .   Read More

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