Kevin Kelly believes that we overestimate the effects of technology in the moment, but vastly underestimate their effects in the long term. Whenever we create anything, we join a vast lineage of makers and thinkers and doers, from the first cave painter to the designers of virtual technology.
Kevin Kelly is a visionary idea man and technologist. He is a co-founder of Wired and also of the influential Hackers Conference. He is the editor and publisher of the website Cool Tools, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. He is a prolific author – in particular, his classic book Out of Control set our understanding of emergent technology – editor, and unorthodox thinker. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, Harpers, GQ, and Esquire.
In our talk we discuss:
* VR – how it can enable genius to be let out
* work habits. Being highly protective of mornings & the art of saying no.
* photography – Kevin loves photography and in fact, is working on a book
and much much more.
95% of results in creativity are failures.
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Some Questions I Ask:
- What’s occupying your brain today? [1:33]
- What are the philosophy and principles of technology? [6:23]
- What would you tell the people who are looking to go from 0 to 1 with their creativity? [10:42]
- What were some of the key markers that inspired your 1,000 true fans article? [15:43]
- How should people be thinking about technology now? [20:32]
- Talk about the need for collaboration and distraction to feed our genius. [24:11]
- Do you have a morning regiment that prepares you for the day? [26:40]
- Did you carve your morning out just to read your paper or to get other things done first thing in the morning? [29:52]
- Tell us about your upcoming book, The Inevitable. [31:02]
- What’s another example of your 12 verbs from the book? [34:27]
- How do you see photography impacting the world? [47:59]
- Is there some negative to moving towards being people of the screen? [52:18]
- What do you think about creativity being a practice? [57:08]
- What are you afraid of right now? [59:26]
- What’s something that people don’t know about you that they’d be interested in? [1:03:02]
- Is there anyone you can recommend for us to check out? [1:05:46]
- What is a form of powerful medicine? [1:09:38]
- What books would you recommend? [1:09:48]
- Who is an individual outside of your line of work that we should know about? [1:11:52]
- Where can we find you online? [1:12:50]
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- Why VR works today. [2:37]
- The currency of the future is experiences, and what that will mean to you. [3:30]
- Why now is the time for VR to take off and be real. [5:00]
- Regardless of how many problems and solutions technology creates for us, it inevitably gives us one thing; choices [8:12]
- How to be successful: do a lot of it. Whatever you do, do it a lot. [11:43]
- How I built my community of 1,000 true fans. [19:00]
- Why the next big invention will and should be one that enables us to collaborate socially. [21:41]
- Technology is additive. [24:14]
- How AI is going to be applied to our current state to improve what we already have. [31:10]
- How we deal with the inevitability of our every move being tracked. [34:50]
- Where we were once people of the book, we are now people of the screen. [36:15]
- Kevin’s background in photography, book publishing, and avoiding having to ask for permission by just doing the work. [39:21]
- My own background in photography. [45:18]
- 49% of what technology does to/for us is potentially negative, and 51% is positive, but there’s that 2% of extraordinary change that happens that moves civilization forward [54:05]
- The solution to bad technology is not less technology; it’s better technology. [55:30]
- A question you may want to start asking yourself: How good was your failure today? [57:44]
- Any job that is measured in productivity should be done by robots. Humans are best at creativity, which is inherently inefficient [1:00:55]
- With answers constantly at our fingertips, good questions become increasingly valuable. [1:02:22]
- The founder of Wired Magazine, Kevin Kelly, does not have cell service at his house. [1:04:00]
- Disruptions within industries come from outside of the big players in your business. [1:07:19]
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