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The Clock of the Long Now

The Clock of the Long Now is a portrait of Danny Hillis and his brilliant team of inventors, futurists, and engineers as they build The 10,000 Year Clock—a grand, Stone Henge-like monolith, being constructed in a mountain in West Texas.

The film, like the clock itself, celebrates the power of long-term thinking and mankind’s insatiable thirst to solve life’s biggest problems.

Via Vimeo


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Billions in Change Official Film

Published on Oct 4, 2015
The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project.

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Miniature Origami Robot Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades

Uh-oh! The self-folding miniature origami robots are here!

Life will never be the same.

How long will it be before we see a swarm of these attacking the good guy in a movie?

OK so why would I want to let these things into my house?
> To clean up all the dust bunnies and old rice kernels in the pantry closet?
> To scare the crap out of the mice and cockroaches living the walls and ceiling?

Me thinks this is just the beginning of a tsunami of technical change headed our way.

Look out folks, here comes the future.
Embrace it or get out of the way.


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The Fallen of World War II

Now this is the way to make war-related numbers come alive.


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21 Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation

Every spring, an interactive installation takes over a high-traffic area in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles and sets a collective ritual. The installation offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately.

The result is a giant instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation.

The project stimulates ownership of the public space, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds, and creating a place for playing and hanging out in the middle of the city centre.

In order to allow for these collective moments to be shared around the world, a traveling version of the project with 10 Musical Swings is now available on tour. Contact us at for more information.



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Seth Godin in conversation with Debbie Millman

“Design, at its core, thrives when a human being cares enough to do work that touches another — it doesn’t thrive when it gets more “efficient.”


“That is what we do for a living — we dance with the Resistance, we don’t make it go away. You cannot make it go away — you cannot make the voice go away, you cannot make the fear go away, because it’s built in. What you can do is when it shows up, you say “Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. Let’s dance about this.”


What we need to do is say, “What’s the smallest, tiniest thing that I can master and what’s the scariest thing I can do in front of the smallest number of people that can teach me how to dance with the fear?” Once we get good at that, we just realize that it’s not fatal. And it’s not intellectually realize — we’ve lived something that wasn’t fatal. And that idea is what’s so key — because then you can do it a little bit more.”


“For the [creative person], what’s going on outside is trivial compared to what is going on inside… Don’t try to change the structure of the outside world [hoping that] then you’ll be fine, then you’ll be creative and then you’ll be brave. No. First, figure out how to be creative and brave and courageous, and the outside world will change on your behalf…

It’s always the same case — it’s always the case of you’re a human, trying to connect to another human. And if you just pick one human that you can change for the better, with work that might not work — that’s what art is.”



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Yaybahar by Görkem Şen

Ladies and Gentlemen, a new acoustic instrument, the Yaybahar

This is an acoustic instrument with no electricity or anything… Natural source coded materials which are membrane, coiled spring and string working together.


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Moonshot Thinking

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win. ”

~ John F. Kennedy

Moonshots live in the gray area between audacious technology and pure science fiction.

Instead of a mere 10% gain, a moonshot aims for a 10x improvement over what currently exists.

The combination of a huge problem, a radical solution to that problem, and the breakthrough technology that just might make that solution possible, is the essence of a moonshot.

Visit and browse through the hundreds of moonshots that have been curated by the community.


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