The Future We Leave Behind

The Future We Leave Behind

Join Michael Hawley (https://www.egconf.com/presenters/michael-hawley), Nathaniel Raymond (http://hhi.harvard.edu/people/nathaniel-raymond) and Ethan Zuckerman (http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/about-me/) for a Long Now Boston Conversation on information gatekeepers, technology and your brain.

10/16/02017

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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. Continue reading “The Future We Leave Behind”

“Food Evolution” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

“Food Evolution” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Food Evolution is a new documentary film about the science of, and controversies around, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in the tradition of An Inconvenient Truth. The film is narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and follows scientists and opponents of GMOs as they confront policy issues and each other. Farmers explain their experiences with the technology, and with lack of technology. We need to think about the future of food on a planet with many challenges. Continue reading ““Food Evolution” Film Screening and Panel Discussion”

2nd Annual Summer Picnic + Fundraiser

2nd Annual Summer Picnic + Fundraiser

It’s time once again for Long Now Boston’s annual picnic + fundraiser, our end of summer lazin’ on a sunny afternoon. Come meet the steering committee of Long Now Boston and [possibly] some surprise guests. There’ll be plenty to eat, plenty to drink and plenty of conversation that’ll light up your brain.

• Danny Hillis and Taylor Milsal have again generously opened their home for this intimate gathering of Long Now Boston supporters and friends. Continue reading “2nd Annual Summer Picnic + Fundraiser”

Solar Geoengineering

Solar Geoengineering

A Long Now Boston Conversation with Taylor Milsal.

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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 will talk about new advances in solar geo, and the arguments in favor of field testing. The Long Now Boston community is invited to participate in this discussion and share your thoughts. Continue reading “Solar Geoengineering”

The Age of Reason Got It Wrong

The Age of Reason Got It Wrong

The Age of Reason Got it Wrong | Understanding Social Conflict Through a Brain Science Lens

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Most approaches to solving the most pressing social challenges we face are wrong because they are rooted in the deeply flawed assumption that human behaviors and decisions are purely rational. Brain science and hard-won experience demonstrate just the opposite, revealing the primary role unconscious processes play in shaping our behaviors and decision-making, especially in the aftermath of violence and trauma. To thrive in the 21st century, what is needed is a profound reshaping of our approaches to human conflict and division, one that is rooted in a nuanced, empirical understanding of human behavior. Continue reading “The Age of Reason Got It Wrong”

Genomes are The Long Now

Genomes are The Long Now

Mary Mangan will speak on “Genomes are The Long Now”.

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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. In this talk, Mary Mangan will demonstrate how researchers currently access species genomic data in the UCSC Genome Browser (genome.ucsc.edu). Highlights of some revealing and important projects will be included, as well as some potential trip-wires in personal genomics data that services like 23andMe provide.
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The Persistent Illusion of Knowing

The Persistent Illusion of Knowing

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This talk explores the process of invention in the studio. Feeling one’s way through a cloud of unknowing into territories of discovery. In science and art cultivating intuition and trusting the creative process becomes a guide when knowing obscures the new. Making art allows us to embrace the unknown and question our assumptions freeing us from the illusions of preconceived knowledge. In the studio, translations between the imaginary and the real illuminate possibilities for discovery and invention. Continue reading “The Persistent Illusion of Knowing”