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”
December 4, 02017: A Long Now Boston Conversation on The Future History of Beer, Wine and Cocktails with
Continue reading “MultiDimensional Layering of Taste, Culture, Place and Time”
Alex Murray [Legal Sea Food] and Tenzin Samdo [Café Art Science
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.
Continue reading “The Future We Leave Behind”
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”
Continue reading “The Future of Food, and the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now”
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.
Continue reading “Solar Geoengineering”