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Tom MacWright

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I read Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility: The Ideas Behind the World's Slowest Computer by Stewart Brand on

Review

Definitely worth reading, as one of the somewhat few books that not only talks about the fast-paced now-times but also potential ways to add some anchors and stability.

I would have loved to read more about the clock and previous thinking around time - the kairos/chronos distinction could be elaborated on a lot more and it would have been great.

It has drawbacks: nearly every reference to technology makes a bad bet. It quotes Jaron Lanier, one of the least likable and most unproductive voices in tech. And it often flows into a sort of ‘but let’s raise some more questions’ type writing which is somewhat disappointing in light of the fact that authors have enough time to think and say something.

Details

  • Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility: The Ideas Behind the World's Slowest Computer by
  • ISBN: 0465007805 (look up with WorldCat or Open Library or goodreads)
  • Published:
  • Publisher: Basic Books