Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Long Now -- A Beautiful Idea

When I started reading "The Long Now" , I had no idea that I was in for a real intellectual treat.

The idea is simple -- to build a clock that will last for ten thousand years. This is roughly as long as human technology has existed. It is so long that society has progressed from the first pottery, including the first towns, cities, agricultural developments, roads, wars, philosophy and computing.

The idea grows on one with, er, time, as one is encouraged to really imagine what people in the distant future might think about ourselves today. One imagines that people in the future to be valuable individuals, that we are connected to through something more concrete than the uncertain results of our own actions. Through such a construction, one can very nearly reach out and touch the generations to come.

Obviously, this has captured my imagination. The original article made for an enlightening read, and I hope you enjoy it too.



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