Long Now Boston Conversation Series
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.
Continue reading “DNA – Our Past is Our Future”
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.
Continue reading “Reimagining the Microbial World”
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.
Continue reading “Tech-tonic Shifts In Mobility”
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.
Continue reading “Deep Uncertainty and Dynamic Adaptation”
October 1, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Richard Mallah and Lucas Perry, The Future of Life Institute [FLi]
The long-term future of the human race may well be determined in this century by Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Continue reading “Value Alignment as a Path to AI Beneficence and Human Learning”
September 10, 02018: A 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
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.
Continue reading “Charting the Past and Future Transformations of our Housing Infrastructure”
May 7, 02018: A Long Now Boston Conversation with
Juan Enriquez — Futurist, Educator, Author, Venture Investor
An interactive conversation on the structure and formation of moral norms and the profound influence technology exerts on those norms.
Continue reading “It’s Time for Hard Conversations About Ethics”
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
Continue reading “The Myth of Democracy: We Are Fooling Ourselves!”
March 5, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Dr. Martin Elvis, Harvard-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.
Continue reading “Asteroid Futures: Decade – Century – Millennium”
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.
Continue reading “The Art of Storytelling: Exposing the Underbelly of the Art of Fashion”