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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.
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Lives in Pacifica, CA
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The time to get great gift suggestions is AFTER the holidays. So what was the coolest gift you received this year? Let me know with a link if possible.
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After it beat the champs of chess, Jeopardy, and Go, what's the next test for AI? Here is a list of 32 challenges:
Concrete AI tasks for forecasting. Posted By: Katja Grace | 2016-12-14 | 0. This page contains a list of relatively well specified AI tasks designed for forecasting. Currently all entries were used in the 2016 Expert Survey on Progress in AI.
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Real world application of AI for maximum impact could include assessment of and optimal distribution strategies for life support critical planetary resources such as clean water, healthy forests, healthy fisheries, arable land and agricultural surplus, means of clean energy production.With a focus on these areas, a method of circumventing certain extinction for nearly all life forms on this planet could be devised, and factors preventing an equitable and sustainable future for all beings on this planet could be overcome.
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Most insightful thing I've read on Trump so far.
Over the last few days, concerns about some kind of a hidden alliance between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have exploded. It should be acknowledged, of course, that Putin and Trump have vastly different backgrounds, experience, and demeanors. In both cases, however, the sense of being chosen lends itself to a blurring of borders between the president and the state.
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Hi Kevin, are you planning to move to political matters now? I enjoy reading your research on the future of society and technical development, but will for sure skip the politics.
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Mark Zuckerberg builds his own AI at home and learns a lot. A hint of where Facebook is headed?
My goal was to learn about the state of artificial intelligence -- where we're further along than people realize and where we're still a long ways off. These challenges always lead me to learn more than I expected, and this one also gave me a better sense of all the internal technology Facebook ...
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An avid reader and user of my Cool Tools book sent in his snapshot of how his dad marked up the good stuff. Yeah, it's all good stuff! I am proud to claim Cool Tools is the best all-around gift for anyone who wants to make stuff or make stuff happen. It's particularly aimed at the young and young at heart. This large sized book is much easier way to make use of the Cool Tools site's vast archive. We've done the hard work of culling and only featuring the best of the best tools. At this point there are less than a thousand copies remaining and they have been selling fast. No more will be printed. I doubt any will be left after the holidays.…/obidos/ASIN/1940689007/cooltools-20
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Looking through this book made me feel like the teenager that had just discovered the Whole Earth.
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I rewrote my 1,000 True Fans essay. Now valid more than ever. (This time the revision will stay up.)
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Every year Edge asks its circle of writers and scientists a question. This year the question was, "What scientific notion should be more widely known?" My answer is Premature Optimization, which I explain here:
Subscribe to Edge. ×. You can subscribe to Edge and receive e-mail versions of EdgeEditions as they are published on the web. Fill out the form, below, with your name and e-mail address and your subscription will be automatically processed. Email address *. Your name *. Country *. NOTE: if you use a ...
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You can learn about it, create a tech philosophy about its virtues, and then profit from book sales. I will even do my best to help you, Kevin Kelly. 
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Just back from a great family holiday in the central Mexican highlands. Man, what colors!
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Pure evil is not sustainable. The worst evil is always produced in the name of eliminating evil. That's why the Dark Side doesn't make sense.
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Really well put. Good insight

Evil prob targets the wrong good to be evil over, and good targets the wrong evil to make better world. All because of the sell that is forged in our forced dumbed down brains
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My photos of the Other Tibet. This area is culturally Tibetan in west Sichuan, China. But instead of a high dry plateau, it's a rugged, lower terrain of fertile valleys. These pictures are from the valleys around the town of Danba. The folk here like to say, "We are Tibetan but not like the Tibetans of Tibet." They speak Tibetan, but eat Chinese. Their homes are Tibetan but their crops are Chinese. They are in between, and their own tribe, so to speak. I was the only tourist.
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Wow, so much color, and those hats! Thanks for a wonderful peek into yet another culture. And it's so nice Google let's me watch it as a slideshow. +Kevin Kelly​, do you tend to travel alone or with companions on these trips?
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"The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable," says digital visionary Kevin Kelly — and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to...
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We are in 3rd.
1 - steam
2 - electricity
3 - silicon
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Anonymity on a large scale will always lead to a hateful cesspool. The only remedy is sunshine.
For the past 11 years, an eternity in internet time, Reddit has touted itself—repeatedly, and loudly—as the place to have “authentic conversations” online. For a variety of reasons, that sentiment has always rang hollow. Now, Reddit, in its goal to be a laissez-faire haven of (relatively) free expression, has been overrun by nationalist trolls. Its staff of volunteer moderators is losing hope in the site’s future.
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And now they've done exactly what I suggested above.

See last paragraph: "PS: As a bonus, I have enabled filtering for r/all for all users."
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  • 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
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.
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Boing Boing

A directory of wonderful things:

The Rise of Twitter Bots

The ease of crafting bots has created fertile ground for such automated shenanigans as proving our susceptibility to certain typos.

Cryptolocker Thieves Likely Making 'Millions' As Bitcoin Breaks $1,000

A dreaded new form of malware that encrypts files and demands a ransom in Bitcoin has affected thousands of people in the U.K., and is sprea

Laughing Squid

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Fever Dream of a Guilt-Ridden Gadget Reporter

I trudge past several million dollars worth of 3DTVs, looking for a good place to take a shit. The toilets are all filthy. CES attendees are

Mark Zuckerberg, the Hacker Way and the Art of the Founder’s Letter

For a founder of a highly touted Internet company undertaking an IPO, the “Letter to Shareholders” in the S-1 prospectus has become a ra...