Designing for Longevity

Filmed on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco
How do you build a monument scale astronomical machine that will last as long as civilization? For the last fifteen years Alexander Rose has been working on building this icon of long-term thinking with The Long Now Foundation. Rose is currently managing the 10,000 Year Clock project underway in West Texas where they have used giant custom robots and explosives to excavate over 500 vertical feet through solid rock to house the Clock. He will discuss the building of the Clock as well as the research and design process that has taken him as far as the arctic Seed Vault in Svalbard, and deep underground to the ultra-secret Mormon genealogical vaults in Salt Lake City.

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Alexander Rose
Founder of The Interval, Executive Director of The Long Now Foundation
Alexander was hired in 01997 to build the 10,000 Year Clock with computer scientist Danny Hillis. Alexander speaks about the work of The Long Now Foundation all over the world at events ranging from the TED conference to NASA. He was an artist in residence at Silicon Graphics Inc., and a founding partner of the robotics company Inertia Labs. As the director of Long Now, Alexander has facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock, The Interval, The Rosetta Project, Long Bets, Seminars About Long Term Thinking, Long Server and others. Alexander shares several design patents on the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the first prototype of which is in the Science Museum of London, and the monument scale version is now under construction in West Texas.