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Kevin Kelly        

Founder & Executive Editor of Wired Magazine, Author of "The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future"

Kevin Kelly has been a participant of, and reporter on, the information technology revolution for more than 30 years. Based in his studio in Pacifica, California, he immerses himself in the long-term trends of technology, tools and cultural behavior. He writes about the ripple effects and social consequences surrounding the culture of technology. His forthcoming book called “The Inevitable” (Viking, June 2016) chronicles how our lives in the near future will be shaped by a few long-term technological trends that are inevitable. Kelly’s previous book, “What Technology Wants” (Viking, 2010), presents a refreshing view of technology as a nearly living force in the world that affects society in an overall positive way. His other recent works include the graphic novel “The Silver Cord” (2015) and “Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities“ (Cool Tools Lab, 2013), a large-format, highly curated guide to the best of technology, tools and resources for modern self-sufficient living, which has already been compared to “The Whole Earth Catalog” of a generation ago.

Kelly is currently Senior Maverick at WIRED magazine. He helped launch WIRED in 1993, and served as its executive editor until January 1999. During Kelly’s tenure as editor at WIRED, the magazine won two National Magazine Awards (the industry’s equivalent of two Oscars). He is also currently editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets 1 million visitors per month. From 1984-1990, Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He authored the best-selling “New Rules for the New Economy” (Penguin Books, 1999) and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, “Out of Control” (Basic Books, 1995), called “required reading for all executives” by Fortune. In addition, he writes for prominent publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist,Time, Harpers, Science, GQ, and Esquire. Earlier in life, Kelly was a photographer in remote parts of Asia (instead of going to college), publishing his photographs in national magazines and recently in the photo art book “Asia Grace” (Taschen, 2002).

Speech Topics

Current Technologies of Disruption

Progress is uneven. We can count on most things getting better incrementally, but some inventions are disruptive, causing discontinuities in society and business.

The Technium

What comes after the Internet? What is bigger than the web? What will produce more wealth than all the startups to date?


The Kevin Kelly Interview on his latest book The Inevitable ...
Kevin Kelly is one of the co-founders of Wired Magazine, a co-founder of the Quantified Self Movement, and serves on the board of The Long Now foundation.
Talking with Kevin Kelly About the Future of Tech
At Wired, Kevin Kelly's actual job title is “senior maverick,” which is only mostly ... and lays out 12 particular trajectories along which Kelly sees the near future of ...
Kevin Kelly on Soft Singularity and Inevitable Tech Advances
Kevin Kelly knows technology can't be stopped. Of course, artificial intelligence will wipe out or rework whole industries, and entire career paths will vanish.
Kevin Kelly & the power of ideas — Tech News and Analysis
Kevin Kelly, is a great role model for any and every technology writer. Former editor of A Whole Earth Catalog, co-founder of The Well (an online community) and ...

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