Making Small and Thinking Big – DNA Data Storage

Making Small and Thinking Big – DNA Data Storage

October 7, 02019 at the CIC Venture Café — Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers. Presentations start @ 7pm.

A Long Now Boston Conversation with Hyunjun Park and Nova Spivack.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

In 2025 the world will generate 160 zettabytes of data. Stored in conventional digital media, this would fill many data centers, each the size of a corporate campus consuming enormous amounts of energy. DNA molecules offer an attractive alternative. DNA is a million times more dense, can last hundreds and even thousands of years, and has been around for 3.5 billion years as an integral building block of life. Using DNA, 2025’s bytes will fit into a few shipping containers.

Hyunjun Park and his colleagues at CATALOG have pioneered the technology of DNA digital storage using a unique approach that simplifies the read/write process, dramatically lowering costs, while increasing the rate at which data can be encoded into DNA by orders of magnitude. DNA-based data storage is becoming a realistic option with CATALOG’s approach, and the company is also developing molecular search, pattern-matching, and parallel computation capabilities for data stored in DNA — without having to restore the information to a traditional computing architecture.

But there are even more exotic applications for DNA data storage. The Arch Mission Foundation, created in 2015, seeks to “back up”: planet Earth through extraterrestrial libraries with durability on billion year timescales. DNA data storage provides a significant technical solution. Arch Mission already delivered a payload into solar orbit in the glove compartment of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster and crash-landed a 30 million-page Lunar Library on the Moon, with Space IL.

Nova Spivack is the co-founder of Arch Mission Foundation. In the near-term, Arch Mission serves as an educational project, promoting awareness of our fragile ecosystem and the contributions to humanity’s knowledge by all cultures. In the long-term it may be the only remaining trace of human civilization.

Join Hyunjun, Nova and other Long Now enthusiasts for a fascinating and inspiring conversation.

Among the questions to be probed:
● How can biological “wet-ware” provide such an efficient and rugged data storage application?
● How will this technology impact our silicon-based information and communication systems?
● Could DNA serve as “seed” for long distance interstellar exploration or colonization?
● Are there concerns that extraterrestrials might discover and decode an Arch?

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.
$15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.

If Eventbrite tickets sell out, seating for walk-ups will unlikely be available due to room size. Tickets here.

About the speakers:

Dr. Hyunjun Park is Co-Founder and CEO of CATALOG, a company on the leading edge of DNA data storage using the tools of synthetic biology. Hyunjun obtained his BS at Seoul National University, PhD in microbiology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and conducted postdoctoral research at MIT.

Nova Spivack, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Arch Mission Foundation, is a tech entrepreneur, investor and futurist with a career spanning more than two decades. He helped create dozens of ventures and nearly 100 patents, generating billions of dollars in market value, and has advised governments, global corporations, leading consumer brands, investors and tech startups. Nova is the Founder & CEO of Magical, a science and technology venture studio based in Los Angeles. He earned a BA in Philosophy from Oberlin College, did summer research at MIT in Computer Science and received a graduate-level professional degree in Space Life Sciences from the International Space University in 1992.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Hyunjun and Nova to the Long Now Boston community.

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Cambridge Innovation Center is an in-kind sponsor of this Long Now Boston conversation. We are very grateful for their support.

Fourth Annual Long Now Boston Summer Party | Saturday Aug 17 02019

Long Now Boston would love you to join us — Saturday, August 17, from 1pm to 5pm — in celebration of our 5th season of remarkable deep time conversations.

The event summary has been posted here!

This annual intimate summer gathering is already famous for connecting local Long Now enthusiasts. This year we’ve raised the bar by welcoming some very special guests:

Stewart Brand, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation
Esther Dyson, founder of Wellville and chairman of EDVenture Holdings
• and Ryan Phelan, co-founder and executive director of Revive & Restore
Danny Hillis and Taylor Milsal, our hosts, will also be on hand.

All of them promise to share updates on current projects, and there will plenty of opportunity for discussion.

We look forward to seeing you soon, getting to know you better and looking at the world together through a Long Now lens.

Light refreshments served

$100/person — General Admission — only 20 Tickets available.

A wait list will start after initial tickets are spoken for; if additional spots become available, wait list folks will be contacted.

Tickets will be availably only from Meetup for this event.

Fourth Annual Long Now Boston Summer Party

Saturday, Aug 17, 2019, 1:00 PM

54 Garfield St
54 Garfield St Cambridge, MA

28 Long Now Boston Enthusiasts Attending

Long Now Boston would love you to join us — Saturday, August 17, from 1pm to 5pm — in celebration of our 5th season of remarkable deep time conversations. This annual intimate summer gathering is already famous for connecting local Long Now enthusiasts. This year we’ve raised the bar by welcoming some very special guests: • Stewart Brand, co-founde…

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[limited to 2 tix/person — non-transferrable; non-refundable]

Long-term Loonshots: The Science of Phase Transitions and the Course of World History

Sept. 9, 02019: Long-term Loonshots: The Science of Phase Transitions and the Course of World History

A Long Now Boston Conversation with Safi Bahcall, Author of Loonshots (02019).

See the post-event Summary here.

Monday, September 9, 02019: 7PM at the CIC Venture Café — Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers

Why did modern science ignite in 17th -century Western Europe when China, Islam, and India had been so much more advanced for 1,000 years? How does understanding the behavior we see in a glass of water help us understand the fate of companies and empires? How can we use these insights to help our institutions shape the next 1,000 or 10,000 years? 

Safi Bahcall is the author of the 2019 NYT Bestseller — Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

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Cambridge Innovation Center is an in-kind sponsor of this Long Now Boston conversation. We are very grateful for their support.

Long Now Boston FLASH TALKS – Contest Invitation

Calling all members!  We would like to hear from you! 

Do you have an idea, a technology, an image, a story or an artistic expression that provides insight of long-term significance to our region or to our world?  Would you like to discuss it with members of the Long Now Boston community?

FLASH TALK INVITATION – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 11!!!

On May 6, 02019, Long Now Boston will be hosting an inaugural FLASH TALK FOR MEMBERS, starting at 7PM at the CIC Venture Café in Kendall Square.  The event will be FREE and open to the public. 

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Robotic Futures: Reading Minds & Mastering Gentle Touch (4/1/02019)

Robotic Futures: Reading Minds & Mastering Gentle Touch

April 1, 02019. Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentation starts @ 7pm. 

See the post-event summary: Robotic Futures – A Cyborg Vision.

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with Bruce Blumberg, Principal UX Engineer at Universal Robots.

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Decoding, Leveraging and Protecting Our DNA in The Age of Personal Genomics

Decoding, Leveraging and Protecting Our DNA in The Age of Personal Genomics

March 4, 02019 Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentation starts @ 7pm. Tickets available via Eventbrite

See the post-event summary: DNA – Our Past is Our Future

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Preston Estep CSO and co-founder, Veritas Genetics
and
Dennis Grishin CSO and co-founder, Nebula Genomics

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The Future of Transportation: Autonomy and Interdependence

The Future of Transportation: Autonomy and Interdependence

Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentation starts @ 7pm

December 3, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Robin Chase, Transportation Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Zipcar

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

Hollywood and the comic books get it all wrong. There are no flying cars. Yet.

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