This organization is doing some profound and profoundly
moving thinking about time, civilization, technology,
and our shared future.
There are perhaps interaction design challenges here,
but I thought many on this list would be interested in
this in a more general sense. (And, since I just posted
a Boston-based event, this one is for the westies out
You have perhaps heard of the 10,000 year clock
project, an attempt to build a clock that will run for
In some ways, the problem is a classic design and
engineering problem. How do you build a clock that will
tell accurate time for 10,000 years? How will it be
powered? How will it be maintained? Who will inherit
responsibility for it? Will they share our values? How
can we communicate those values?
In some ways, it's a response to the kind of short-term
thinking that brought us the Y2K problem, and so is a
direct response to the digital "age."
But is it an interaction design problem? Perhaps a more
interesting is what can interaction design tell us that
it relevant to this problem?
The Long Now Foundation has lined up some interesting
speakers to talk
about, well, long-term stuff.
When: The second Friday of each month starting on
November 14th, 02003
Time: Coffee bar opens at 7pm, lecture begins promptly
at 8pm. (With an
unticketed lecture it is advisable to come early for a
Where: Ft. Mason, San Francsico
Donations: A $10 donation is very welcome, but NOT
required. (Cash or
check accepted at the door)
Why: The purpose of the series is to build a coherent,
compelling body of
ideas about long-term thinking, to help nudge
civilization toward Long
Now's goal of making long-term thinking automatic and
common instead of
difficult and rare.
Who: Confirmed Speakers so far include: Brian Eno,
Peter Schwartz, George
Dyson, James Dewar, Rusty Schweikart, Daniel Janzen,
David Rumsey, Paul
Hawken, Laurie Anderson, and Danny Hillis.
The scheduled speakers so far are as follows:
2nd Fridays in 02003
Nov. 14 - Brian Eno
"The Long Now"
Dec. 12 - Peter Schwartz
"The Art of the Really Long View"
2nd Fridays in 02004
Jan. 9 - George Dyson
"There's Plenty of Room at the Top: Long-term Thinking
Feb. 13 - James Dewar
"Long-term Policy Analysis"
(Dewar is head of RAND's new Pardee Center on very
to 200 years)
Mar. 12 - Rusty Schweickart
"The Asteroid Threat Over the Next 100,000 Years"
Apr. 9 - Daniel Janzen
"It's ALL Gardening"
(Janzen is the famed preservation biologist based in