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

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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

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“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]

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What happens when we ask the algorithms to make decisions for us – decisions that may have life and death consequences?

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The Future of Housing in Boston and Beyond

The Future of Housing in Boston and Beyond

Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentations start @ 7pm

September 10, 02018A 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

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Three of Boston’s pre-eminent leaders in housing and urban design will guide this Long Now Boston conversation on the future of housing.

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The Influence of Technology on our Moral Norms: Who Decides?

The Influence of Technology on our Moral Norms: Who Decides?

May 7, 02018:  A Long Now Boston Conversation with
Juan Enriquez — Futurist, Educator, Author, Venture Investor

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An interactive conversation on the structure and formation of moral norms and the profound influence technology exerts on those norms.

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The Myth of Democracy? From Pericles’ Athens to Modern Times

The Myth of Democracy? From Pericles’ Athens to Modern Times

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

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“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? From Pericles’ Athens to Modern Times”

Asteroid Futures: Decades, Centuries, Millennia

Asteroid Futures: Decades, Centuries, Millennia

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

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Asteroids serve as convenient platforms for deep space exploration, industrial fabrication and solar system expeditions.

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CHASING COLOR: Art and the Hidden Narratives of Industrial Waste

Chasing Color: Art and the Hidden Narratives of Industrial Waste

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

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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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The Future History of Wine and Beer

The Future History of Wine and Beer

December 4, 2017

Raising the Bar: Libation as an entry point to Education
w/Alex Murray [Legal Sea Food] and Tenzin Samdo [Cafe Art Science]

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Have you ever thought of what the introduction of beer and wine was like to an otherwise unsuspecting city, 5000 years ago?

Restauranteurs and beverage designers are using their bully pulpits to build awareness about Global warming and the earthlings whose voices are too often ignored. Continue reading “The Future History of Wine and Beer”