If we look back at the last 2,000 years of history, we can see some over-arching trends, themes through-out and a look at what is old is new again. This is a re-print of a translated article from Issue 148 of Bit magazine in Portugal from January, 2011.
The Long Now
The Y2K problem was pop-culture’s initiation into short-term thinking on a global scale. The issue revolved around the 2-digit year, 19__ on checkbooks and in computer databases. When the year 2000 arrived, it broke a lot of code that filled in the __ with 00 making it 1900 instead of 2000. The long now foundation challenges us to think in the longer term, not in years, not in millennium, but in 10s of millennia.