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The New Deal You Don't Know: Louis Hyman

Historian of capitalism and author of “Borrow: The American Way of Debt” discussed deep economic history and a forgotten chapter of the New Deal era: how capitalism itself stalled in the Great Depression; and what government, allied with entrepreneurs, did to jump-start capitalism. The question is: could it happen again today? From January 02016.

Duration: 01:01:13

Can Democracy Survive the Internet?: Nathaniel Persily

The Internet was once seen as a democratizing force, but today social media platforms have become exploitable intermediaries of political discourse. How should governments, institutions and tech companies respond? In the wake of an Internet-mediated and norm-breaking election, we've asked one of the United States' premier election law experts to speak for us about what comes next. Author and Stanford Law professor Nathaniel Persily focuses on the law of democracy, addressing issues such as...

Duration: 01:06:59

Ideology in our Genes: The Biological Basis for Political Traits: Rose McDermott

Recent research shows that genetics as well as environment contribute to our political opinions. Social and political psychologist Rose McDermott of Brown Univiersity, a Stanford CASBS fellow, explains the biological foundations of ideology, how conservative and liberals react to each other's scent, and much more. From July 02016.

Duration: 01:00:50

The Web In An Eye Blink: Jason Scott

A filmmaker, historian, and self-proclaimed rogue archivist, Jason Scott discusses his personal history of preserving the digital commons which began with rescuing his favorite BBS-era "text files" and continued with saving gigabytes of the first user-created homepages (i.e. which were about to be trashed by their corporate owner. Today his mission, in his role at the Internet Archive, is to save all the computer games and make them playable again inside modern web browsers....

Duration: 01:00:38

Thinking Long-term About the Evolving Global Challenge: The Refugee Reality

Millions are migrating under duress. Refugee camps the size of cities have persisted for decades. Real dangers and sensationalized fear drive short term news cycles. In a special panel discussion hosted by Long Now academics and on the ground non-profits discuss global migration, the refugee reality, and ideas for the future. From February 02016.

Duration: 01:18:40

Envisioning Deep Time: Jonathon Keats

A conceptual artist and experimental philosopher, Jonathon Keats' work has included personalizing the metric system, copyrighting his own mind, applying general relativity to time management, and attempting to genetically engineer God. Recently he opened the shutter on his first millennium-long photograph. Co-sponsored by The ZERO1 Art & Technology Network. From April 02015.

Duration: 00:57:01

Transforming Perception, One Sense at a Time: Kara Platoni

Award-winning science journalist Kara Platoni has gone around the world looking at the ways we humans are trying to expand upon our basic senses. There are new frontiers at the edges of our perception that scientists, doctors, inventors, and cooks are actively exploring. From biohackers to foodies, Kara shares the science and stories of these sensory pioneers for our Interval audience. From March 02016.

Duration: 00:58:17

Talking with Robots about Architecture: Jeffrey McGrew

The co-founder of Because We Can, the architecture/design firm that designed The Interval at Long Now, talks about the future of building: automation, communication, and whether "robots" will change everything. An informed and realistic overview of how architects and builders use automation today and how they may use it tomorrow.

Duration: 00:57:08

Proof: The Science of Booze: Adam Rogers

Wired Magazine editor and author of "Proof: The Science of Booze", Adam Rogers leads us on a tour of the 10,000 year story of alcohol. With deep historical research, expert testimony, and solid science he discusses the accidental discovery of fermentation, an alternative American whiskey history, and his own role in the pre-history of Long Now's Interval bar. This talk was the first ever in The Interval's salon talk series; it took place in May of 02014, 2 weeks before The Interval...

Duration: 01:00:08

The Red Planet for Real: Andy Weir

Andy Weir's self-published novel The Martian has become a New York Times bestseller and the #1 movie in America. But it began with a series of blog posts that reflected Andy's lifelong love of space science and detailed research about traveling to and surviving on the fourth planet in our Solar System. You can see the film in theaters everywhere, but only at The Interval will you hear Andy skip the fiction and talk about the details of how a real world mission to reach and colonize Mars...

Duration: 01:10:01

How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our Future: Abby Smith Rumsey

Memory is not about the past, it is about the future. Historian and media expert Abby Smith Rumsey explores how digital memory, which cannot be preserved, will shape the future of knowledge and affect our survival.

Duration: 01:02:31

Pace Layers Thinking: Stewart Brand, Paul Saffo

Stewart Brand and Paul Saffo will discuss the Pace Layers framework for how a healthy society functions, which Stewart introduced in his book The Clock of Long Now (01999). More than fifteen years after its debut, this concept continues to be influential and inspiring. The Pace Layers idea is illustrated by a simple diagram showing six layers which function simultaneously at different speeds within society. They range from Nature (the slowest) to Fashion (the fastest, shown at the top). As...

Duration: 00:57:47

Seveneves at The Interval: Neal Stephenson

A special daytime talk by celebrated speculative fiction author Neal Stephenson on the occasion of his just released novel "SEVENEVES". After a reading, Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand joins Neal to discuss the research and writing of the new book, plus a little bit about what is coming next.

Duration: 01:04:33