People of Long Now


Alice Riddell

Writing Intern

Alice Riddell is a writer and researcher originally from the U.K. She is currently living in New York, having completed a Masters at NYU's Experimental Humanities program, where she was Editor-in-Chief of an interdisciplinary journal called Caustic Frolic. Alice’s academic background is grounded in Cultural Anthropology and she has worked in New York in mayoral political science for the last year. She is

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William Pietri

Software Engineer

From a family of developers and entrepreneurs, he started writing code at 12. He has since filled many roles, but for the last 15 years he has alternated between leading the technical side of ambitious products and advising others on how to make systems and teams run well.

To learn more about him, a good place to start is his LinkedIn profile. He comments occasionally

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Julie Momméja

Scholar-in-Residence at The Interval

A PhD Candidate in American Studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, Julie Momméja has been a  Scholar-in-Residence at Long Now since January 02015.

Fascinated by San Francisco twentieth century cultural history and the emergence of technology as a social tool, her academic research focuses on longtime local actors within the counterculture and cyberculture spheres - Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand among them.

With the intent

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Tony Hansmann

Digital Infrastructure Consulting

Tony Hansmann's Open Source Consulting (OSC) has spent a decade working with companies using UNIX/Linux compute-farms to deliver their product. We have developed a reliable method for establishing and running large scale IT operations.

Tony has helped Long Now with setting up and maintaining its digital infrastructure, and periodically coming out to the Clock site to provide us with mango sticky rice.

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Michael Garfield

Community Manager

Paleontologist-Futurist Michael Garfield is devoted to helping navigate our age of accelerating weirdness and helping cultivate the curiosity and play we'll need to thrive in it. As host and producer of both Future Fossils Podcast & The Santa Fe Institute's Complexity Podcast, Michael acts as interlocutor for a worldwide community of artists, scientists, and philosophers — a practice that feeds his synthetic and transdisciplinary "mind-jazz" performances

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Michael Chabon


Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Moonglow and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, among many others. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

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Stewart Dickson

Consulting Engineer

Stewart Dickson received a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1981 and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. The primary result of his undergraduate career was a United States Patent for a stringed musical instrument with electrical feedback, 1981.

Mr. Dickson's first professional one-man exhibition of sculpture and computer-assisted art was in 1982.

Stewart Dickson

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Austin Brown

Programs Associate

Austin joined the Foundation's staff in August 02007.  He's worked on the Seminars About Long-term Thinking, Long Bets, the Membership program, written for Long Views and the Quarterly Newsletters and helped manage the Museum & Store.  The inner- and inter-workings of things - especially brains, cities, evolution and computers - fascinate him.  He is pleased by recursion.

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Davide Bocelli


Davide Bocelli has been helping Long Now speak Italian for more than a decade now (almost two). He has organized or been a guest and keynote speaker to conferences in Italy. He is also the translator of Stewart Brand's "The Clock of the Long Now" in Italian, with a special foreword by Brian Eno. And he's the author of several blog posts for the Blog

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Greg Baiden

Principal at Penguin Automated Systems

Dr. Greg Baiden is Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Penguin Automated Systems Inc., a leading research and development company that provides mobile robotic technology solutions for numerous industries.

Dr. Baiden holds a PhD in Mining Engineering with a speciality in technology and economics and is a Professor at the Laurentian University School of Engineering where he teaches Mining and Automation Robotics.  In 02001, he

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Peter Leyden

Long Now Associate

Peter Leyden has spent his career figuring out the future and helping others see what’s probably coming and what’s possible to bring about. Since coming to San Francisco 25 years ago to work with the founders of Wired magazine, he’s been both a creator in the world of ideas, and an innovator in organizations pioneering new fields, including founding a couple startups

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Jeff Good

Rosetta Technical Director

Languages: I work primarily on African languages, with a focus on Niger-Congo, and have done fieldwork on the Beboid languages of Northwest Cameroon. I have also worked on Saramaccan, an Atlantic creole (showing a good deal of West African influence in its lexicon and grammar), and Chechen (which has very little in common with the African languages I study, as far as I can tell)

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Ben Keating

Designer & Developer

Ben Keating joined us in 02003. Originally brought on for system administration, Ben also took lead on the design and development of software, websites and branding. Learn more about his work on

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Paolo Salvagione

Designer & Builder

Paolo is a world renowned bicycle designer and builder who joined our team in 02000. He was a principal engineer on several early Clock prototypes.

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