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Q&A with Kevin Kelly: The Future of Technology
   2017-04-06 11:30:44    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Li Shiyu

In the science fiction movie The Fifth Element, French director Luc Besson provided a comprehensive landscape of the world in the 23rd century. However, are we heading to the future he depicted in 1997? [Photo:blog.sina.com.cn]

 

 

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Discovering literature and following the stories behind your favourite authors, this is Ink&Quill, I am your host Yang Yong.

For people who lived in the 1960s, the gizmos present in Star Trek might appear to be too whimsical and nonsensical. Yet in just less than half a century, from universal translators to handheld computers, many gadgets appeared in the show have turned into reality.

In one episode of "Star Trek: The Original Series", which was aired in 1966, the character Spock was taking note on a handheld touchscreen computer. Sounds familiar? There is no doubt a great number of similarities between thsi fictional invension and iPad of today. [Photo:blog.sina.com.cn]

Nowadays, even the least tech-savvy individuals have to admit that our technology has evolved better and faster than ever.

But, what is going to happen next?

To answer this question, our reporter Shiyu talked with Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired, one of America's leading magazines on techno-culture. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Inevitable: Understanding The 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future".

[Photo: Courtesy of Kevin Kelly]

Who is Kevin Kelly

 

A college dropout, Kevin Kelly started off as a photographer who captures the disappearing traditions and cultures in Asia. In the early 1980s, he ended up working for the pioneering magazine Whole Earth Review, which inspired and influenced the entire generation of technologists. Later, he got involved with The Well, the earliest public access to the internet. As one of the co-founders of Wired, one of America's leading magazines on techno-culture, Kevin Kelly has produced some highly influential writings. Take his debut book Out of Control for example, published in the mid-90s, the book inspired the Wachowskis' Matrix universe and more or less predicted the internet of today. His most recent book is The Inevitable, which sheds lights on twelve forthcoming technological forces.

 

 

[Cover:book.douban.com]

The Q&A will touch on the following subjects, such as:

  • What will the ideal technology look like;
  • Will AI steal our jobs;
  • Visuality reality versus social media;
  • Flying cars in a futurstic city;
  • Why cyborg is not happening;
  • And much, much more!

If you want to hear their complete conversation, you can download the podcast from iTunes, by searching the key words: Ink&Quill. In this extended version, you will hear Kevin Kelly voice his opinions on technology singularity, world government, the ubiquitous tracking and more.

If you want to know more about him, you could find him here: kk.org

 
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