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The Future of Transportation: Autonomy and Interdependence
Doors open @ 6pm -- Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers -- Presentation starts @ 7pm Obtain tickets here at Meetup, or use our Eventbrite option: [CIC members use your discount at Eventbrite; Students must use Eventbrite because we can't set up student tickets here] A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with Robin Chase, Transportation Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Zipcar Hollywood and the comic books get it all wrong. There are no flying cars. Yet. The movie Minority Report (2002) offered an interesting vision of urban transportation, with self-driving hover cars moving on multi-tiered 3D highways at high speeds – all fully interconnected and (it turns out) fully controlled by an untrustworthy bureaucracy. According to Robin Chase, the co-founder of Zipcar and Veniam and a leading visionary on the shared economy, that image is comically flawed. Join the Long Now Boston conversation as Robin Chase shares her perspective on the not too distant future of transportation technology, and the roadmap we need to follow to get there. Among the topics we'll explore through a Long Now lens: • What technology innovations will be fundamental to the movement of people and goods in the future? • What are the institutional challenges we are going to have to solve to achieve smarter, cleaner transportation systems? • How do current policies and regulatory frameworks stifle innovation and reward complacency --- and how do we fix them? • What changes in infrastructure investments, and even in capitalism itself, are needed to enable more sustainable, adaptive and resilient transportation systems? Join the conversation and be part of the solution. $15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free. Audience participation is encouraged. The Long Now Boston Conversation Series hosts leading transportation entrepreneur, Robin Chase to share her vision for a future where transportation is optimized for human needs. The opportunities are closer than you think. Robin Chase is a leading transportation entrepreneur. The co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, she also founded Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car sharing service, and GoLoco, a ride-sharing company, and is co-founder of Veniam, a vehicle network communications company. In 2015, she authored, Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism (2015). Robin is a graduate of Wellesley College (B.A.), and the MIT Sloan School of Management (M.B.A.), and won a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a popular speaker and presenter, and serves as a Board member for the World Resources Institute. We’re proud and excited to welcome Robin 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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    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 ( 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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