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Kevin Kelly
Works at KK* — I write about the culture of technology. I'm an off-the-chart optimist. Currently Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. Publisher of the daily review of Cool Tools. Resident philosopher at the Technium.
Attended Westfield High School
Lives in Pacifica, CA
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Last week our family took a spring break vacation in Japan. We travelled mostly in the central Kansai area. Here are some snapshots from the trip. Warning: most of Japan does not look like this. These images are a very romantic selective view of 0.1% of Japan today. They are stereotypical in that they ignore the other 99.9% of their modern surroundings. But these glimpses of tradition are what we go for, so I am happy to collect them here.
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Mr. Kelly I would like to tell you I am nonreligious I have experienced death in many occasions More than one form of life after death and if you doubt me I've done everything but blew my Brenau everything to die from everything some type of chemical reaction that did centigrade's my body or so on I flatline five times in a hospital out ran five police officers prong Katie's are shot at me bye-bye police officers continuously I kept going and going and going and going I do not remember this I was out of my mind I attempted suicide with a mixture of medications of antipsychotics antidepressants and mood OIs sorry in a O eyes and tranquilizers as in antipsychotics along with benzo diazepam's and much more such as crack cocaine heroin you name it at whatever fullest extent I could afford and i was quite wealthy of me that day. To go on I survived I sprayed charcoal that they tried to make me pumped down my throat they woke me up they were actually woke me up out of my coma to pump charcoal down my stomach and I sprayed it in the circle or motion around the entire weight nursing ring whatever waiting room the fucking goddamn ICU room and on the nurse and ran & ran then hide then found ran eventually got tackled and detained and sent off to the rehab that helped me learn my problems but did not help me not fool them to believing im the new speaker in every na meeting and quite better than the ones that came prepared to say what ? Garbage half depressive thoughts!!!!

I am sober now since January and relapsed a month ago and take small slices of Suboxine stripes three times a day regularly. I'm happy I'm bad to who I was 9 years or more ago I cry thinking of myself and what I've accomplished may be little or a joke to you but I was the worst junkie around pretty much in town. Every other deputy knows me and some just want me to find help... I did
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"The greatest thing since sliced bread," is what they call the web. My recap of this invention in a short podcast:
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You are getting younger by the minute. Proof positive of alien existence! Love you Kev keep pushing the proverbial envelope. There is so much more to discover.
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This hack of Google Street View shows promise of a way to virtually explore an existing place. Add VR goggles,or even a game controller. 
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This is a lot of fun, and reminds me of textually exploring MOOs, especially large ones like LambdaMoo. The off the green line paths provide lots of pleasant surprises. I even found a space invader mosaic! :D 
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I just learned that for the past 30 years I have been leading the Normcore fashion style by wearing "uncool dad" clothes in public. This counter cultural fashion style is now over since the New York Times outed it today.

According to me there are 3 ingredients to normcore fashion. You must wear clothes that
1) Are comfortable and loose
2) Inexpensive
3) Generic, almost invisible

However, if I wear normcore clothes this does not count because I actually am an uncool dad. Normcore must be worn by 20-year-olds or celebrities.

The full dope is here: …
The bumpy, somewhat ironic, not necessarily genuine road toward normcore fashion, or how hipster narcissism managed to take an ugly turn.
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So basically anything that the Jacob in "Crazy, Stupid Love" would slap your face for wearing. The sound of Velcro wallet...Ouch!

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Horses can run on their first day of life, whales can swim from day one, why can't humans internet from birth?
Brilliant advert.
Hits some big social issues.

But look at the baby! Thats some pretty cool CGI/animation.

+Corina Marinescu one for your collection?
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Reminded me of a video I just caught of a child acting as a conductor with eerie adult like motion controls  маленькая девочка дирижирует хором)) 
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Unsolicited advice to a young person

Lot's of people will tell you to follow your bliss: "Seek your passions, and money will follow." This is true, but impractical. When you are starting out almost no one knows what their passions are, and you become paralyzed because you can't give your all until you find your passion. A better strategy is to forget your bliss and to find your passion by mastering something, almost anything. As you master some skill, giving your 100% to it, you will inevitably move toward your passion, step by step, all the while earning a living. Most likely it will take all your life to find your bliss. So don't wait for your passion. Just master something.
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+David Torres I woud like to guss u are labour.............
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Testtube Eugenics

I had NO idea such things were possible...

Since scientists now know how to extract sperm and ova from embryos, they don't need to wait for puberty to have organisms breed. They can let those two embryo gametes fuse to make new embryos quickly. A second-generation of sperm and ova can be extracted from this instant offspring and fused after a few weeks into a third generation embryo …. compressing generations into an extremely short time. To put it crudely, you’re letting embryos have sex. If genetic selection is applied at each round, you get accelerated eugenics.  This process, also called iterated embryo selection, can be used in animal breeding. For instance it can be used to quickly breed "knock-out" genetic versions of laboratory mice. Of course there are a thousands issues raised if this embryo-sex was used for human breeding. Most of these questions and a good intro to this radical idea can be found in this paper from the Journal of Medical Ethics.
 Next Section Abstract A series of recent scientific results suggest that, in the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to create viable human gametes from human stem cells. This paper discusses the potential of this technology to make possible what I call ‘in vitro eugenics’: the deliberate breeding of human beings in vitro by fusing sperm and egg derived from different stem-cell lines to create an embryo and then deriving new gametes from...
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William Latham is a British artist who has been working with software that mutates and generates organic forms. He started doing this back in the 1990s, and has recently revamped his software. Not surprisingly his code is used to generate forms in video games.
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I remember Latham's work from 90s, evolutionary art it was called.  They were groundbreaking, and mesmerising to watch.   
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I'm going to watch the moon landing next year.

OK, so it's robots landing, but still cool.

"U.S. nets Science Channel and Discovery Channel have been tapped to broadcast coverage of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition (pictured), which will see teams attempt to land an unmanned craft on the moon by December 31, 2015.

The networks will air a miniseries event that will follow the international teams racing to land their spacecraft on the moon, travel 500 meters, and transmit live pictures and video back to Earth in order to win the US$30 million grand prize. The nets will follow the entire process including testing and lift-off, and they will provide live coverage of the winning lunar landing, estimated to occur in 2015."
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Yes, a glitch in the matrix.
Glitch in the matrix
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so well
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Editor, Author, Techno-Philosopher
  • KK* — I write about the culture of technology. I'm an off-the-chart optimist. Currently Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. Publisher of the daily review of Cool Tools. Resident philosopher at the Technium.
    Editor, Author, Amateur Philosopher, 2000 - present
  • Wired
    Executive Editor, 1992 - 1999
  • Whole Earth Catalog
    Editor, Publisher, 1984 - 1990
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
    Editor, 1978 - 1979
  • University of Georgia
    Lab Assistant, 1982 - 1984
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Westfield, NJ - Athens, GA; Otego, NY: Teheran, Iran
I am Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. I helped launch Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor until January 1999. I am currently editor and publisher of the popular Cool Tools, True Film, and Street Use websites. From 1984-1990 I was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. I co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. I authored the best-selling "New Rules for the New Economy," and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, "Out of Control." I co-founded the All Species Inventory, a taxonmic initiative to catalog all the species on Earth. I am also a charter board member of the Long Now Foundation which is building a monumental clock to tick for 10,000 years.
  • Westfield High School
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