Long Now Boston Calendar Update

Hello friends!

These are difficult times.

Consistent with the broader efforts to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, Long Now Boston has suspended its public events until further notice.

With regrets we had to cancel “Craft a Superhero” on April 18 and “Dear Tomorrow” on April 21, our two events planned as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

We plan to resume live events as soon as possible and are looking at options for hosting online community conversations. In the meantime, we’d love to stay connected. Go to our website where you can sign up for our mailing list, find summaries and videos of our past events on the blog, and learn how to become a Long Now Boston member.

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The need for long term thinking is greater now than ever before, and the current pandemic is a powerful reminder of that.

Stay safe, everyone. We’ll see you again soon.

Climate Change and the Future of the Boston Coastline

Climate Change and the Future of the Boston Coastline

Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentations start @ 7pm

November 27, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Kirk Bosma, P.E. Woods Hole Group and Paul Kirshen, Ph.D., UMass Boston

See the after-event writeup for a discussion of this event.

“Well I love that dirty water…Oh, Boston, you’re my home”

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Deep Uncertainty and Dynamic Adaptation

November 27, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Kirk Bosma, P.E. Woods Hole Group and Paul Kirshen, Ph.D., UMass Boston\

Boston is a coastal city with a complex of rivers, dams, harbors and islands. By the end of this century, under the foreseeable range of global warming scenarios, Boston could experience a sea level rise ranging from 2.4 to 7.4 feet.

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The Knife Edge of Value Alignment in AI: Utopia or Extinction

The Knife Edge of Value Alignment in AI: Utopia or Extinction

Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentations start @ 7pm

October 2, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Richard Mallah and Lucas Perry, The Future of Life Institute [FLi]

See the after-event writeup for a discussion of this event.

What happens when we ask the algorithms to make decisions for us – decisions that may have life and death consequences?

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Charting the Past and Future Transformations of our Housing Infrastructure

September 10, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Barry BluestoneProfessor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Tamara M. RoyPrincipal with Stantec, Boston, and past President of the Boston Society of Architects and 
Peter Rose, FAIA, FRAIC, Rose and Partners Architects, Boston

While we often think of cities in terms of skylines, business activity and public buildings or monuments, their primary function is the housing of people.  The patterns and forms of that housing are critical to the life of a city, and they reflect a complex interplay of demographics, economics, public policies, cultural aspirations and aesthetics.

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The Future of Housing in Boston and Beyond

The Future of Housing in Boston and Beyond

Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentations start @ 7pm

September 10, 02018A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Barry Bluestone, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Tamara M. Roy, Principal with Stantec, Boston, and past President of the Boston Society of Architects and
Peter Rose, FAIA, FRAIC, Rose and Partners Architects, Boston

See the after-event writeup for a discussion of this event.

Three of Boston’s pre-eminent leaders in housing and urban design will guide this Long Now Boston conversation on the future of housing.

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The Influence of Technology on our Moral Norms: Who Decides?

The Influence of Technology on our Moral Norms: Who Decides?

May 7, 02018:  A Long Now Boston Conversation with
Juan Enriquez — Futurist, Educator, Author, Venture Investor

See the after-event writeup for a discussion of this event.

An interactive conversation on the structure and formation of moral norms and the profound influence technology exerts on those norms.

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