DNA – Our Past is Our Future

DNA – Our Past is Our Future

March 4, 02019, at the Cambridge Innovation Center

Featuring Preston Estep, CSO and co-founder Veritas Genetics, and Dennis Grishin, CSO and co-founder, Nebula Genomics

Synopsis: Two leading gen-tech entrepreneurs explored the profound evolutionary transition DNA technologies may bring at the Long Now Boston Conversation on March 4, 02019. However, a positive outcome is not assured unless we carefully navigate the landscape of technical, regulatory, ethical and privacy issues involved.

Summary by Paul Hoxie and George Gantz for Long Now Boston
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Reimagining the Microbial World

Reimagining the Microbial World

February 4, 02019, at the Cambridge Innovation Center

Featuring Scott Chimileski, microbiologist and author, and Roberto Kolter, Director of the Kolter Lab

With stunning pictures and astounding mastery of scientific research and curiosities, Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter delivered an awe inspiring tour of the microbial world at the Long Now Boston Conversation on February 4, 02019.

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Tech-tonic Shifts In Mobility

Tech-tonic Shifts In Mobility

December 3, 02018, at the Cambridge Innovation Center
Featuring Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, co-founder of Veniam

At the Long Now Boston Conversation on December 3, Robin Chase made it abundantly clear:  Our society is “car blind”, and this affliction imperils our mobility, our streets, our cities and our planet. 

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Deep Uncertainty and Dynamic Adaptation

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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Charting the Past and Future Transformations of our Housing Infrastructure

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 Myth of Democracy: We Are Fooling Ourselves!

The Myth of Democracy: We Are Fooling Ourselves!

April 5, 02018: A Long Now Boston Conversation with
Professor Loren J. Samons II, Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” — Winston Churchill

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Asteroid Futures: Decade – Century – Millennium

Asteroid Futures: Decade – Century – Millennium

March 5, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Dr. Martin ElvisHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Humanity has always had an enduring relationship to space. We are now on the verge of a profound shift in that relationship, as we go from observer, to explorer, to developer.

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The Art of Storytelling: Exposing the Underbelly of the Art of Fashion

The Art of Storytelling: Exposing the Underbelly of the Art of Fashion

February 5, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Dan Borelli, Dr. Nikolay Anguelov and Dr. Emilia Javorsky

Art, design, and other creative practices have the power to influence civic conversation – as Dan Borelli demonstrated in Ashland, MA at the Nyanza Superfund site.

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