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Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

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Alexander Rose

Executive Director | The Long Now Foundation

Sausalito, United States

Generally thinking:

Technology & The Future
Arts & Entertainment
Creativity & Design

My tags:

CraftsEducationEnvironmentEventsPhilanthropyProduct DesignStrategy GeneralTechnologyTravel

Very good at:
+ Building things
+ Connecting people
+ Staging events

About me & my work:

I was hired by The Long Now Foundation in 01997 to build the 10,000 Year Clock with computer scientist Danny Hillis. I speak about the work of The Long Now Foundation all over the world at events ranging from the TED conference to NASA. I was an artist in residence at Silicon Graphics Inc., and a founding partner of the robotics company Inertia Labs.

As the director of Long Now, I have facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock, The Rosetta Project, The Long Now Salon, Long Bets, Seminars About Long Term Thinking, Long Server and others. I share several design patents on the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the first prototype of which is in the Science Museum of London, and the monument scale version is now under construction in West Texas.

My combat robots have won over six world championship titles appearing in the TV show BattleBots. I have also built large pyrotechnic displays for the Burning Man festival, robotic bartenders and other dangerous machines. I am part of the Theil Fellowship Network, and founded the Robot Fighting League.

I graduated with a bachelor of arts honors degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Industrial Design in 01995, as well as attended the Art Center College of Design.

In his past I was also a world champion paintball player holding multiple world titles with my team the Ironmen from 1990 through 1995. At Carnegie Mellon University I was the lead designer for a record setting human power vehicle team.

I live in California on the Sausalito waterfront and enjoy mountain biking, climbing and mountaineering whenever I can get out.

My links:

The Long Now Foundation | The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996 to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

10,000 Year Clock | Jeff Bezos' website on the Clock Project

Alexander Rose profile | My profile on the Long Now site


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