The Future We Leave Behind

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.

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The Future of Food, and the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now

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”

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Solar Geoengineering

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. 

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Genomes are The Long Now

 Long Now Boston Conversation Series
April 6, 02017

A Long Now Boston Conversation with Mary Mangan, molecular and computational biologist. 

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. 

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The Age of Reason Got It Wrong

 Understanding Social Conflict Through a Brain Science Lens

Long Now Boston Conversation Series
April 3, 02017

A Long Now Boston Conversation with Tim Phillips, co-founder of Beyond Conflict.

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.

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The Persistent Illusion of Knowing

Long Now Boston Conversation Series
November 7, 02016

A Long Now Boston Conversation with artist Nathan Miner.

This talk explored 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.

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