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The Long Now Boston Meetup Group is organizationally independent but philosophically aligned with The Long Now Foundation in San Francisco. Recently the Boston Meetup Group received permission to form an independent non-profit in the Boston/Cambridge area using The Long Now Foundation name. A first for Long Now. Stay tuned for developments over the next many months as Long Now Boston begins it new chapter.

The Long Now Foundation was founded in San Francisco in 01996 (www.longnow.org). As stated on their website: Long Now was established "to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years."

The Long Now Boston effort was founded by Bill Davison in 02015. We started the Long Now Boston Meetup Group in January 02016. We now have an active Steering Committee comprised of Kim Novick, Mary Mangen, John Hayes, James Butler, Lindsay Yazzolino, Grant Stephen, and Bill Davison. Our program year extends from September through May with an occasional summer event. (Thanks to past Steering Committee members include Chia Evers, Adrian Spidle, Jason Fidler and Kevin Ford for their many contributions.)

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Flash Talks: A New Lens on the Future

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Zoom doors open @ 7:15PM -- Come early and connect other Long Now
thinkers – Tickets are also available on Eventbrite: https://flashtalks2022.eventbrite.com

Long Now Boston welcomes 5 remarkable individuals to the 4th Annual Flash Talks. Our 2022 invited speakers are early career researchers, educators, and developers that are looking at problems and providing innovative solutions. Join us for a Long Now Boston conversation with fascinating talks by up and coming leaders from areas ranging from developing open learning platforms to robotics design.

• The Future of Open Learning: Using digital technology to provide access to education. Presented by Katherine Ouellette, Communications Specialist at MIT Open Learning.

• Space Enabled: Laying the foundation for the future of space exploration. Presented by David Colby Reed, PhD candidate in the Space Enabled Lab at MIT Media lab.

• The MEER Framework: Solving the climate crisis necessitates coupling the overheating and the greenhouse gas problems. We summarize preliminary data consistent with the efficacy of sky-facing glass mirrors for enabling local adaptation while globally rebalancing Earth's energy fluxes. Presented by Ye Tao, Harvard University.

• Biology as Technology: Recoding the Future: Living things have been harnessed as a technology by humans for millennia. Synthetic biology is revolutionizing the way we think about the living world around us. Presented by Sudeep Agarwala, synthetic biologist and Program Director at Gingko Bioworks.

• Developing Equitable Robot Design Processes: Technologies, including robots, can embed new inequalities and entrench existing ones, so we need to promote more equitable ways of designing robots. I focus on equitable design approaches that can be leveraged to incorporate more voices and values in the robot design process. Presented by Anastasia Ostrowski, PhD student and design researcher in the Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab.

Audience participation is encouraged for this event. Bring your enthusiasm and your questions for a thought-provoking evening from a Long Now perspective.

Among the questions that each speaker will address:

• What are the long term benefits that you hope will flow from your field?
• What are the biggest challenges that you face?
• How does this work connect with other fields?
• What is your vision for the future of your discipline?

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

The conversation will be held virtually using the Zoom platform. Login information and password will be provided to registrants prior to the event.

Free Admission | Login begins at 7:15PM; the conversation begins at 7:30PM

Audience participation is encouraged.

About the speakers:
Katherine Ouellete is a writer, communications specialist, and open learning advocate at MIT Open Learning. She is interested in transforming teaching and learning through the innovative use of digital technologies. Katherine creates content on several cutting edge technologies for the MIT Open Learning newsletter and is also a freelance contributor for WBUR.

David Colby Reed is a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab, where he is a member of the Space Enabled research group and cofounder of the Space Governance Collaborative. His research focuses on designing participation, voice, and equity into the architectures of complex systems like law, economies, and technologies.

Dr. Sudeep Agarwala is a synthetic biologist at Ginkgo Bioworks. He is fascinated by how microbes can be engineered to produce different compounds to address issues around resource limitation and climate change. Sudeep is passionate about science communication and public engagement around genetic engineering and biotechnology. His writings have appeared in the Washington Post and Grow Magazine. He is currently under contract with Harvard University Press.

Dr. Ye Tao developed the MEER Framework (Mirrors for Earth's Energy Rebalance) while serving as a Principal Investigator at the Rowland Institute at Harvard between 2016 and 2021. Dr. Tao is currently on a European lecture tour, after presenting at COP26, to widely disseminate information foundational to the survival and future prosperity of the human animal.

Anastasia Ostrowski is a PhD student and design researcher at the MIT Media Lab. Her work focuses on equitable design of robots, including co-design and participatory design approaches.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Katherine, David, Ye, Sudeep, and Anastasia to the Long Now Boston community.

Cambridge Innovation Center is an in-kind sponsor of this Long Now Boston conversation. We are very grateful for their support.

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Architecture: A Deep Time Perspective

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