Future Squared Episode #161: Kevin Kelly on the Inevitable

July 8, 2023

Future Squared Episode #161: Kevin Kelly on the Inevitable

Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor for its first seven years. He is also founding editor and co-publisher of the popular Cool Tools website, which has been reviewing tools daily since 2003.

From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news.

He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. His books include the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy, the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control, a graphic novel about robots and angels, The Silver Cord, an oversize catalog of the best of Cool Tools, and his summary theory of technology in What Technology Wants (2010).

His new book is The Inevitable – Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that will Shape Our Future, which is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

This was a fascinating conversation with one of the most influential names in technology, entrepreneurship, digital media and future thinking.

Expect to learn a number of things throughout the podcast but specifically Kevin and I cover:Whether humanity will find new things to do or simply live an unfulfilling existence once most of today’s jobs are automated or made redundantWhat large companies can do to prepare for what Kevin Kelly refers to as The InevitableWhat we should do to combat online recommendation systems that serve to harden our minds to particular tastes or beliefs

All topics discussed:Kevin’s travels to Uzbekistan and his views on the national dishHow Kevin landed on 12 technological forces that will shape our inevitable futureWhy there’s never been a better time to start a businessWhy we all be endless newbies going forward, regardless of age or experienceThe number one skill people need to learn to succeed in the futureWill humanity find new things to do once we automate most of what we already do?Why trying to ban the inevitable (and companies like UBER or Airbnb) backfiresWill we have jobs in the future?

Show notes:

Kevin Kelly’s blog: www.kk.org

Cool Tools: www.kk.org/cooltools

Book: www.amazon.com/Inevitable-Unders…ure/dp/0525428089 

Twitter: @kevin2kelly

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Steve Glaveski

Steve Glaveski is the CEO and Co-Founder of Collective Campus which he established to help companies and their employees to create more meaningful impact in the world in an age of rapid change and increasing uncertainty. Steve also founded Lemonade Stand – a children’s entrepreneurship program, wrote the Innovation Manager’s Handbook vol 1 and 2, hosts Future², an iTunes chart topping podcast on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship and is a keynote speaker. He previously founded HOTDESK, an office sharing platform and has worked for the likes of Westpac, Dun & Bradstreet, the Victorian Auditor General’s Office, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Macquarie Bank. Follow him at @steveglaveski and Book a free 15-minute call with Steve to talk through your innovation objectives.

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