Kevin Kelly has been a high profile maverick of both silicon valley and technology in general for the past 35 years. Some of his books have gained not just a best-seller status but a near-cult following in places like China. Popular personalities such as Tim Ferriss have called Kelly “the most interesting man in the world.” Thus I was very excited to have Kevin back on my podcast and discuss his latest book The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Tech Forces That Will Shape Our Future.
During our 90 min discussion with Kevin Kelly we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: why he thinks of himself as a sharer and packager of ideas; his Amish style beard; singular vs pluralist views of the future; the singularity and myth-making; what we can learn about technology from the Amish and his prediction about farm-land-ownership in the next 150 years; his 3 most important lessons about life in general, technology and ethics; his last two books What Technology Wants and The Inevitable; whether technological evolution is inevitable and teleological or not; determinism and free will; Moore’s Law; the process of cognifying and why there is no such thing as general purpose intelligence; the dangers posted by AI; protopia, dystopia and utopia; the importance of asking questions…
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