Kevin Kelly, a founding editor of Wired magazine, a former editor and publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog, and one of the most compelling thinkers about technology today, talks about his new book, What Technology Wants. Make no mistake: the singularity is near. Kelly discusses the technium–a broad term that encompasses all of technology and culture–and its characteristics, including its autonomy and sense of bias, its interdependency, and how it evolves and self-replicates. He also talks about humans as the first domesticated animals; extropy and rising order; the inevitability of humans and complex technologies; the Amish as technology testers, selecters, and slow-adopters; the sentient technium; and technology as wilderness.
March 26 2007 - Author Kevin Kelly talks about the role of technology in our lives, the future of the web, how to time travel, the wisdom of the hive, the economics of reputation, the convergence of the biological and the mechanical, and his impact on the movies The Matrix and Minority Report.
Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks "What does technology want?" and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.
This week, Rick Kleffel, one of my favorite book interviewers, talks to Kevin Kelly about his book What Technology Wants, one of the best books I've ever read about technology. The conversation is fascinating.
- Kevin Kelly, founder, Wired magazine
- Nicholas Negroponte, founder, One Laptop Per Child
- David Kirkpatrick, writer
- Nick Bilton, writer, Bits Blog, New York Times
- John Hockenberry, radio host, The Takeaway
The recent changes that technology has made to books, reading, and the way we relate to each other are unprecedented and transformational. Tech guru Kevin Kelly, author of What Technology Wants; digital visionary Nicholas Negroponte; David Kirkpatrick, founder of Techonomy and author of The Facebook Effect; and The New York Time's Nick Bilton, author of I Live in the Future and Here's How It Works, discuss technology and its impact on how we live. Moderated by public radio's John Hockenberry.
Kevin Kelly is a writer and a founding executive editor of Wired Magazine. He is the author of What Technology Wants, Out of Control and The Inevitable: Understanding the Twelve Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.
“I always try to write about the future—and it became harder and harder because things would catch up so fast. If you read Out of Control now, I’ve heard that people say, ‘well, this is obvious.’ I have to tell you, it was dismissed as entirely pie-in-the-sky, wild-eyed craziness twenty-five years ago.”
This is part one of our conversation w/Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired, the guy behind Cool Tools, The "1000 True Fans" theory and much more.
In this conversation, we talk mainly about how the future will change due to technology, whether things like AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be dangerous and much more.
You can find out more about Kevin Kelly at www.kk.org
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Kevin Kelly, former executive editor of Wired magazine, discusses his brand-new view of technology, and explains how technology can give our lives greater meaning. In What Technology Wants he suggests that technology is a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies, and by aligning ourselves with the long-term imperatives of this near-living system, we can capture its full gifts.
What's Inevitable, and what we get to choose? Micah Redding and Kevin Kelly discuss rapidly approaching technological change, the advent of Artificial Intelligence, and how technology challenges and illuminates our understanding of God, faith, and ourselves.
Kevin Kelly is the founding editor of Wired magazine, a former editor & publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog, and a founding member of the board of the Long Now Foundation. He's the author of What Technology Wants, and his latest book The Inevitable, which just hit bookshelves.
Topics and relevant links:
The Inevitable, Kevin Kelly's latest book, and his last book What Technology Wants
The Long Now Foundation, which is trying to build a 10,000 year clock
How Artificial Intelligence will help us see new aspects of reality, and understand intelligence itself
What happens when computers prove things humans can't understand?
Kevin's conversion experience, as first told on This American Life
Why humans cannot live "in the moment" alone
The next 1000 years of Christianity, and why we maybe need another scenario of the future
A robot catechism
Predestination, free will, technological determinism, and how we can surprise God
Why I don't worry about a super AI
Why robots should take our jobs
Arguments against technology
"I believe we have a moral obligation to increase the power and presence of technology in the world"
"Humanity is our greatest invention"
"Technology is basically the extension of life"
"Culture is so that ideas don't die out"
"Our job is to surprise God." — Kevin Kelly
This episode is a dream come true. I have long been a fan of Kevin Kelly – THE Senior Maverick at Wired magazine and the sherpa of the technium.
He is here to talk about his new book The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.
How does technology shape what it means to be human?
How does the nature of authority change as we move from texts to screens?
What class would Kevin Kelly add to a minister’s theological education?
What can we learn from the Amish about adopting technology?
Is Big Brother a necessary evil?
“The price of absolute personalization is absolute The-Inevitable-HCtransparency.”
What would Kevin Kelly do if he was made Czar of Technology?
What would a democratic world-wide government look like?