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A place for great conversations and inspiring beverages from The Long Now Foundation. Now open in San Francisco.

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The Long Now Foundation fosters long-term thinking and responsibility through a variety of projects.

The Interval at Long Now is our new home in San Francisco. Open to the public as a cafe, bar, museum and event venue from 10am to midnight, seven days a week.

The Interval is located in Fort Mason Center on the San Francisco Bay, with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Our venue features music and art by Brian Eno and prototypes of the 10,000 Year Clock. A celebration of long-term thinking and serves inspiring beverages day and night.

In the spirit of the intellectual salons of another age, we want to create an atmosphere that encourages conversation and contemplation. Our space will feature a crowd-sourced library with thousands of books, a gallery of artifacts from our projects, and serve exceptional spirits and cocktails as well as top quality tea and coffee.

Projects of the Long Now Foundation:

Background photo by Robert Mann

Fostering Long-term Responsibility • est. 01996

 

The Interval at Long Now completed the fundraising goal for construction + funding a couple wonderful robots that will soon be installed in our space.
This was a crowdfunding triumph—using our own self-styled ‘brickstarter’ we raised the funds needed with support from a global community of Long Now members and fans, as well as a San Francisco Bay Area community that appreciates our commitment to excellence in serving great coffee, cocktails and spirits.
Thanks to everyone who made it possible: our customers, donors, partners and staff. This is only the beginning. What a beginning!

The Interval at Long Now completed the fundraising goal for construction + funding a couple wonderful robots that will soon be installed in our space.

This was a crowdfunding triumph—using our own self-styled ‘brickstarter’ we raised the funds needed with support from a global community of Long Now members and fans, as well as a San Francisco Bay Area community that appreciates our commitment to excellence in serving great coffee, cocktails and spirits.

Thanks to everyone who made it possible: our customers, donors, partners and staff. This is only the beginning. What a beginning!

Last 1/2 hour to donate to The Interval ‘brickstarter’ as a Charter Donor. Your name will be added to our Donor Wall.

If you donate at the $1500 Bottle Club level you will get a beautiful vessel full of rare Tea or artisan alcohol. We keep it for you in our “bottle keep” ceiling above the bar.

The Gin and Whiskey are made by the incredible craft distiller St George Spirits just for us. It’s a fantastic way to support the project, and it’s a beautiful, delicious and rare experience to enjoy when you visit The Interval.





1 hour to go!! Help us build The Interval.
It’s the last day, after 2 years of fund-raising. Become a Charter Donor to support a space for long-term thinking and robots. Your name will go on our Donor Wall as thanks for helping us build it!
https://longnow.org/interval/

1 hour to go!! Help us build The Interval.

It’s the last day, after 2 years of fund-raising. Become a Charter Donor to support a space for long-term thinking and robots. Your name will go on our Donor Wall as thanks for helping us build it!

https://longnow.org/interval/

4 hours to go! Help us build The Interval.




It’s the last day, after 2 years of fund-raising. Become a Charter Donor to support a space for long-term thinking and robots. Your name will go on our Donor Wall as thanks for helping us build it!
https://longnow.org/interval/

4 hours to go! Help us build The Interval.

It’s the last day, after 2 years of fund-raising. Become a Charter Donor to support a space for long-term thinking and robots. Your name will go on our Donor Wall as thanks for helping us build it!

https://longnow.org/interval/

8 hours to go! Help us build The Interval.




It’s the last day, after 2 years of fund-raising. Become a Charter Donor to support a space for long-term thinking and robots. Your name will go on our Donor Wall as thanks for helping us build it!
https://longnow.org/interval/

8 hours to go! Help us build The Interval.

It’s the last day, after 2 years of fund-raising. Become a Charter Donor to support a space for long-term thinking and robots. Your name will go on our Donor Wall as thanks for helping us build it!

https://longnow.org/interval/



9 hours to go! Help us build The Interval.
It’s the last day, after 2 years of fund-raising. Become a Charter Donor to support a space for long-term thinking and robots. Your name will go on our Donor Wall as thanks for helping us build it!
https://longnow.org/interval/

9 hours to go! Help us build The Interval.

It’s the last day, after 2 years of fund-raising. Become a Charter Donor to support a space for long-term thinking and robots. Your name will go on our Donor Wall as thanks for helping us build it!

https://longnow.org/interval/

10 hours to go! Help us build The Interval.
It’s the last day, after 2 years of fund-raising. Become a Charter Donor to support a space for long-term thinking and robots. Your name will go on our Donor Wall as thanks for helping us build it!
https://longnow.org/interval/

10 hours to go! Help us build The Interval.

It’s the last day, after 2 years of fund-raising. Become a Charter Donor to support a space for long-term thinking and robots. Your name will go on our Donor Wall as thanks for helping us build it!

https://longnow.org/interval/

futurescope:

Robotic Fabric Could Usher in New Era of Soft Robotics

Researchers from Purdue University are developing a robotic fabric with woven sensors that moves and contracts. It could lead to active clothing and a new class of soft robotics.


  Such an elastic technology could make possible robots that have sensory skin, stretchable robotic garments that people might wear for added strength and endurance, “g-suits” for pilots or astronauts to counteract the effects of acceleration, and lightweight, versatile robots to roam alien landscapes during space missions.
  
  The robotic fabric is a cotton material containing sensors made of a flexible polymer and threadlike strands of a shape-memory alloy that return to a coiled shape when heated, causing the fabric to move.


(just think about malfunctions…)

[read more]

futurescope:

Robotic Fabric Could Usher in New Era of Soft Robotics

Researchers from Purdue University are developing a robotic fabric with woven sensors that moves and contracts. It could lead to active clothing and a new class of soft robotics.

Such an elastic technology could make possible robots that have sensory skin, stretchable robotic garments that people might wear for added strength and endurance, “g-suits” for pilots or astronauts to counteract the effects of acceleration, and lightweight, versatile robots to roam alien landscapes during space missions.

The robotic fabric is a cotton material containing sensors made of a flexible polymer and threadlike strands of a shape-memory alloy that return to a coiled shape when heated, causing the fabric to move.

(just think about malfunctions…)

[read more]

brucesterling:

http://blog.longnow.org/02014/09/29/science-fiction-authors-manual-for-civilization/

The Manual for Civilization is a crowd-curated collection of the 3500 books you would most want to sustain or rebuild civilization. It is also the library at The Interval, with about 1000 books on shelves floor-to-ceiling throughout the space. We are about a third of the way done with compiling the list and acquiring selected the titles.
We have a set of four categories to guide selections:
Cultural Canon: Great works of literature, nonfiction, poetry, philosophy, etc
Mechanics of Civilization: Technical knowledge, to build and understand things
Rigorous Science Fiction: Speculative stories about potential futures
Long-term Thinking, Futurism, and relevant history (Books on how to think about the future that may include surveys of the past)
Our list comes from suggestions by Interval donors, Long Now members, and a some specially-invited guests with particular expertise. All the book lists we’ve published so far are shown here including lists from Brian Eno, Stewart Brand, Maria Popova, andNeal Stephenson. Interval donors will be the first to get the full list when it is complete.
Today we add selections from science fiction authors Bruce Sterling, David Brin, and Daniel Suarez. All three are known for using contemporary science and technology as a starting point from which to speculate on the future. And that type of practice is exactly why Science Fiction is one of our core categories….

brucesterling:

http://blog.longnow.org/02014/09/29/science-fiction-authors-manual-for-civilization/

The Manual for Civilization is a crowd-curated collection of the 3500 books you would most want to sustain or rebuild civilization. It is also the library at The Interval, with about 1000 books on shelves floor-to-ceiling throughout the space. We are about a third of the way done with compiling the list and acquiring selected the titles.

We have a set of four categories to guide selections:

  • Cultural Canon: Great works of literature, nonfiction, poetry, philosophy, etc
  • Mechanics of Civilization: Technical knowledge, to build and understand things
  • Rigorous Science Fiction: Speculative stories about potential futures
  • Long-term Thinking, Futurism, and relevant history (Books on how to think about the future that may include surveys of the past)

Our list comes from suggestions by Interval donors, Long Now members, and a some specially-invited guests with particular expertise. All the book lists we’ve published so far are shown here including lists from Brian EnoStewart BrandMaria Popova, andNeal Stephenson. Interval donors will be the first to get the full list when it is complete.

Today we add selections from science fiction authors Bruce SterlingDavid Brin, and Daniel Suarez. All three are known for using contemporary science and technology as a starting point from which to speculate on the future. And that type of practice is exactly why Science Fiction is one of our core categories….