A great deal of planning and preparation had gone into the afternoon picnic, but the time for planning was over. It was time for the event to begin. Thoughts and questions cross through your mind as you walk into a quiet Cambridge neighborhood. Will the event be well-attended? Who will I know? What questions might be asked of me, and what questions would I like to ask?
June 3, 02019, at the Cambridge Innovation Center.
Featuring Eleanor Murphy (Acumen) and Katherine Collins (Putnam, Honeybee Capital)
Synopsis: Some 12,000 years ago, people began
cultivating their own food, providing a far more reliable source than nature
alone, leading to settled communities and, ultimately, a global civilization.
The technologies and capacities for feeding human communities have improved
through the millennia, bringing huge benefits to growing populations. Yet poverty and hunger still afflicts much of
the world — a tragedy that we can eliminate within decades if we empower
communities, through enlightened investment, technology and market solutions,
to achieve their own aspirations.
Long Now Boston Conversation Series May 6, 02019, at the Cambridge Innovation Center.
Featuring eight talks by Long Now Boston Members.
On May 6, Long Now Boston held a 2018 FLASH TALK event. Eight presentations had been selected in advance from the pool of entrants, and each presenter was given 5 minutes, and 3 slides, to explore their ideas. The result was a wide-ranging and surprisingly robust discussion of topics in chemistry, climate, aging, cityscape design, science education and the future of democracy and capitalism.
Long Now Boston Conversation Series April 1, 02019, at the Cambridge Innovation Center.
Featuring Bruce Blumberg, Principal UX Engineer, Universal Robots.
Coding, dogs, and robots have been Dr. Blumberg’s work and passion. This experience informs his expectations of the robotic future we can anticipate: rather than featuring generalized human-scale robots, our human capacities will likely be vastly enhanced by new generations of powered tools, personal aids and enabling devices, some potentially embedded in us – not a robotic but a cyborg future.
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.
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.
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.
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.