The Clock of the Long Now

Time and Responsibility: The Ideas Behind the World's Slowest Computer

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Using the Millennial Clock as a paradigm for the Long Now, Stewart Brand offers a practical introduction to the concept of long-term responsibility

"For minds trapped in the ever-tightening time spiral of techno-capitalist progress, where fame is

"For minds trapped in the ever-tightening time spiral of techno-capitalist progress, where fame is fifteen minutes and the future is this quarter's profits, [Stewart Brand] has provided a wonderful escape route-an exhilarating, liberating, total change of scale and pace."
-Ursula K. Le Guin

For many, the turn of the millennium represents a point beyond which nothing can be imagined. Stewart Brand, an important figure in the United States counterculture, sees this inability to imagine the future as an unwillingness to accept responsibility for it. The Clock of the Long Now tackles the necessary and "timely" question of how to make long-term thinking an integral part of our fast-paced lives. ...Continua

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