Long Now on xkcd

If our current civilization lasts another 8,000 years, it's probably fair to assume the Long Now Foundation got things right, and at some point we started listening to them and switched to five-digit years.


Today’s xkcd comic features a reference to the Long Now’s dating system in the “secret” mouseover text (hover over the image to read). Those that wish to be early adopters and start using 10k compliant dates now, please refer to our recent post on how to configure your computer’s date interface.

For those that follow the comic, you may remember the reference to the far future in the xkcd comic “Time”.

For those that don’t follow the comic: you’re welcome.

This comic is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 license, please refer to xkcd’s licensing guidelines if you wish to use this content.

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The Long Now Foundation is a nonprofit established in 01996 to foster long-term thinking. Our work encourages imagination at the timescale of civilization — the next and last 10,000 years — a timespan we call the long now.

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