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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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Thank you friends and followers! You did it! You placed The Inevitable onto the New York Times bestseller lists! (My first.) Also the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.
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So far, your book has provided an unexpected ah-ha. I've been battling with my "mid-thirties, late blooming decision" to pursue music as my life's work for a few years now. Although I love writing, recording and discussing all things music it is not always the most lucrative ways to make living. I'm always thinking it would be so much easier do something more in demand and tangible like sell widgets or insurance. But your statement about "trust" not being able to be replicated (in a world where most things are quickly and infinitely duplicated) along with your 8 generitives really helped me look at being a musician in a whole new light. That is a big deal. Thank you for that. 
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In case you were wondering what's ahead, here's a timeline of the next 10,000 years.
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Do you think we'll need that much? :)
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Bay Area friends. Tomorrow Monday at 7pm legendary NYT tech reporter John Markoff and I will discuss my new book at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park. LImited seating.
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Wow. Cool demo reel. Anything is possible.
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A good book today would be a reproduction of the first decade of Wired magazine, as it was, ads and all. One reporter for the New Yorker read the back issues (when I was editing) recently and was surprised by what she found.
There’s a lot of chatter in Silicon Valley about changing the world, but our own world hasn’t changed that much.
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The early 90s were fun. Not just Wired, but the Cyberpunk edition of Time. Mondo 2000. The first paper bOingbOing and Fringeware Review. The major achievement of getting winsock and Cello to display an early web page.

Of course also fun because I was that age then.

[later] Took a while but I just found my copy of "Mindgrenades - Manifestos from the future" published by the Hotwired team in 1996. It was 20 years ago. And looks curiously naive.
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We don't even have the internet yet, compared to what is coming. You are not late. My LinkedIn piece:
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Wonderful inspiring article, Kevin.
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The Queen of England leaves herself wide open for internet mischief by wearing a chroma-key-ready suit
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+Randall Lee Reetz .. Hehe
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Make your own complex artificial life forms from simple rules with Richard Dawkins ancient software, now on the web.
Richard Dawkins wrote a suite of computer programmes to demonstrate evolution in action. Now they’re available online for the first time. Have a play.
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+Kevin Kelly on a somewhat related note, the way you briefly described how to start becoming a VR "expert" on Tim's podcast, how would you go about becoming an AI "expert" starting now? Thanks
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"Don't follow your passion, but bring it with you as you follow your opportunities." Great advice from Mike Rowe:
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That is good advice .. thanks for sharing +Kevin Kelly :)
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Here is where I'll be speaking in public in the next few days:

June 8
Manhattan Beach, CA
904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Pages: A Booktsore

June 10
Brookline, MA
279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
Brookline Booksmith

June 12
Seattle, WA
1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
University Bookstore @ Town Hall

June 13
Menlo Park, CA
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Abu Dhabi? Shanghai? Any international locations coming up, +Kevin Kelly
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Yeah! The Inevitable is available for your reading pleasure today. Pre-ordered books will ship. Also in bookstores.
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I am listening the book from Audible. Funny thing: I can't share it even with my spouse, if I want to have it read from Kindle, I need to buy it again, and Audible says "The book is available for you as long as you have an account". So I never HAVE the book, and I need to pay continuously or repeatedly to just access it. I miss the times when you buy a book, you read it, you give it to your friends to read, and than you put it to the bookshelf or give it away or sell it.
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Paper checks are an unsafe method of payment. It's very easy to anyone hack your account.
The organization in charge of processing check payments told us: “Stop using paper checks.” So why do banks keep giving them to us?
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It's strange to me that the USA keeps treating public Identifiers as secret authentication. It's absurd that knowledge of a bank account number alone should allow withdrawal of funds from that bank account. Just as it's absurd that knowledge of a printed credit/debit card slip should allow charging against that card. Or that knowledge of a Social Security ID number should allow identity theft.

It's not just the banks that need to start taking security seriously.
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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.
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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Mark Zuckerberg, the Hacker Way and the Art of the Founder’s Letter

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