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 We Leave Behind

Long Now Boston Conversation Series

October 16, 02017

A Long Now Boston Conversation with:. Michael Hawley, Nathaniel Raymond and Ethan Zuckerman.

History informs our future thinking and, with a deep time long term view, we need to consider the history subsequent generations will inherit. A looming challenge is the re-writing of history [yes, it’s happened for thousands of year] but the social sphere and raw processing power at hand to spoon-feed clickbait to the masses puts us all at risk.

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The Future of Food, and the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now

September 9, 02017

By George Gantz, originally published on Spiral Inquiry.

Last week, my wife and I attended a program on the Future of Food, hosted by the Boston arm of the Long Now Foundation.  The event was an eye-popper, a mind-bender, and a gastro-sensation.  The goals of the organization are truly monumental.

“The Long Now was established in 01996 to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution…  to foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years”

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Solar Geoengineering

Long Now Boston Conversation Series
May 1, 02017

A Long Now Boston Conversation with Taylor Milsal.

Solar Geo is a controversial idea, existing on the sidelines for many years. Now, as the need to mitigate the effects of climate change becomes more urgent, we need to examine all of our tools, in order to help future generations solve this problem. Taylor talked about new advances in solar geoengineering, and the arguments in favor of field testing. 

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Genomes are The Long Now

 Long Now Boston Conversation Series
April 6, 02017

A Long Now Boston Conversation with Mary Mangan, molecular and computational biologist. 

The genomes of organisms around us today, and some of those that are no longer alive, carry crucial information about our past and also frame our future directions. In addition, it’s also becoming possible to “Revive and Restore” lost species. Organizing and visualizing DNA sequence data is key to using it effectively to understand the history of life of this planet, and for potentially using it to create new variations with impacts on our health and environment. 

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