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Kevin Kelly is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review. He has also been a writer, photographer, conservationist, and student of Asian and digital culture.
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01:48 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:32 Brian’s Introduction.
05:00 Kevin’s image of London and how he sees the city as an incredible VR experience.
09:21 Why people are increasingly migrating into cities.
12:31 The evolution of Wired magazine.
18:56 Kevin’s perspective on California and Silicon Valley and why it happened there.
22:58 Changes in student job opportunities over the decades and the work that attracts millennials.
24:56 Making a living versus making a fortune.
27:54 The burden of a billionaire.
30:06 Kevin thinks greatness is over-rated.
32:11 How Jeff Bazos manages his emails.
33:45 Kevin’s ‘1000 True Fans’ article and how it applies to London Real.
41:35 Memories of Wired, a magazine that felt it had got mailed back from the future.
48:50 The genesis of Kevin’s new book The Inevitable.
53:15 AI is as fundamental as the invention of printing.
56:46 VR will offer experiences rather than knowledge.
1:05:18 Teaching AIs ethics.
1:06:41 Optimists decide and form our future.
1:10:04 In the future every aspect of our lives will be tracked.
1:14:32 What Kevin saw in 1970s Asia to make him realise that progress is good.
1:22:16 Recollections of Terence McKenna.
1:23:54 Trying psychedelics at 50.
1:26:16 A concept and a gift Kevin wants to pass on to his children.
1:29:31 What he means by ”the common wealth”
1:31:24 A look into a future influenced by AIs and genetic engineering.
1:35:14 Human evolution is now going faster, posing many questions for us to consider.
1:40:00 Success secrets.
1:47:24 Kevin’s interpretation of God whom he believes exists.
1:50:34 Not everyone agrees with Kevin on this suspicion.
1:52:04 The challenge of engaging people in abstract ideas using modern communication.
1:58:09 The successful person who has changed America’s culture without making enemies.
2:03:00 Phone call to the 20 year old Kevin.
2:06:23 Best advice Kevin has ever received.
2:08:25 Advice to the 20 year old who will live in the future world he predicts.
2:13:11 Brian’s summing up.
New Jersey Institute of Technology
1000 True Fans
Sloan School of Management
New York Times Magazine
Gutenberg Printing Press
The Wall Street Journal
University of California, Berkeley
The Long Now Foundation
9 minute History of Japan
People mentioned in this episode:
Professor David Nutt