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).

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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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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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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