Alexander Rose, Executive Director
The Long Now Foundation
Alexander was hired in 01997 to build the 10,000 Year Clock with computer scientist Danny Hillis. Alexander speaks about the work of The Long Now Foundation all over the world at events ranging from the TED conference to NASA. He 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, Alexander has 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. Alexander shares 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. Alexander’s combat robots have won over six world championship titles appearing in the TV show BattleBots. Alexander has also built large pyrotechnic displays for the Burning Man festival, robotic bartenders and other dangerous machines. Alexander is part of the Theil Fellowship Network, and founded the Robot Fighting League. Alexander 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.