Kevin Kelly Tells Everyone the Future is Coming

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kevin Kelly Tells Everyone the Future is Coming


Recently, Kevin Kelly, the co-founder of Wired magazine joined The Agenda to lay out a road map for the future. He says technology has changed almost every aspect of the way humans live, and it's not about to stop. From virtual reality at home to the on-demand economy to artificial intelligence, the forces behind technological change are only accelerating.

According to Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future The co-founder of Wired magazine joins The Agenda to lay out a road map for the future.
As in his book Kelly suggests we embrace these changes, including ubiquitous tracking, accessible artificial intelligence, constant sharing, getting paid to watch ads, VR in your home, and more.

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Kelly is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review. He has also been a writer, photographer, conservationist, and student of Asian and digital culture.

He mentions his concept of the Global Brain, the 'Holos.' Holos represents the upcoming combination of the internet, AIs, and human interconnected intelligence. Kelly suggests that future generations will look back at ours as the first race that "linked themselves together into one very large thing." We are only at the infancy stage of this, with the web being only about 9000 days old.

Part of this too will be the ascent of virtual reality. "What does the Internet look like in another 20 years? It is going to be an Internet of experiences," says Kelly.

Kelly bases his trend forecasts on his initial analysis of technology, an asking what it wants. He sees the benefits, but also acknowledges that great disruption will be caused by the transition. Interestingly, Kelly points to the emergence of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate as a direct result of technological unemployment already.

When asked if people are ready for this change, Kelly provides a firm "No," saying that is why he wrote his latest book. We can't control technology by trying to limit it, says Kelly, we need to embrace it to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms. Only by embracing and using technology can we change it into what we want.

SOURCE  The Agenda with Steve Paikin

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