Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly


Articles Available Online

Articles Available in Print

Interviews by Kevin Kelly


Future of Artificial Intelligence
Wired, magazine-22.11, Oct. 24, 2014

What Bit Wants
The Message, August 4, 2014

You Are Not Late
The Message, July 26, 2014

Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It
Wired, March 10, 2014


Wired, vol. 21, no. 5, May 2013

Better Than Human

Wired, vol. 21, no.1, December 24, 2012

We Are Stardust

Response to the 2012 Edge Question: What is Your Favorite Deep, Elegant, or Beautiful Explanation?

Edge, January 2012

The Virtues of Negative Results

Response to the 2011 Edge Question: What Scientific Concept Would Improve Everybody’s Cognitive Toolkit?

Edge, January 2011

Evolving the Scientific Method

The Scientist, vol. 24, no. 12, December 2010

How Money Follows Attention–Eventually

Technology Review, October 28, 2010

Achieving Techno-Literacy

New York Times Magazine, September 16, 2010

Reading in a Whole New Way

Smithsonian, August 2010

Window on the World

Wired, vol. 18, no. 4, March 22, 2010

An Intermedia With 2 Billion Screens Peering Into It

Response to the 2010 Edge Question: How Has The Internet Changed The Way You Think?

Edge, January 2010

In German at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online

Wired, vol. 17, no. 6, May 22, 2009

A New Kind of Mind

Response to the 2009 Edge Question: What Will Change Everything?

Edge, January 2009

Becoming Screen Literate

New York Times Magazine, November 21, 2008

Infoporn: Tap Into the 12-Million-Teraflop Handheld Megacomputer

Wired, vol. 16, no. 7, June 23, 2008

What I Changed My Mind About

Response to the 2008 Edge Question: What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Why?

Edge, 232, January 4, 2008

The Technium and the 7th Kingdom of Life

Edge, 217, July 19, 2007

Why Do We Still Have Big Questions

In “What We Don’t Know”

Wired, vol. 15, no. 2, February 2007

That We Will Embrace the Reality of Progress

Response to the 2007 Edge Question: What Are You Optimistic About?

Edge, 200, January 8, 2007

More Anonymity Is [Not] Good

From The 2006 Edge Question: What Is Your Dangerous Idea?

Edge, 196, November 10, 2006

Scan This Book!

(What will happen to books? Reader, take heart! Publisher, be very, very afraid. Internet search engines will set them free. A manifesto.)

New York Times Magazine, May 14, 2006

What Technology Wants

Appeared in the 75 Anniversary Issue of The Hollywood Reporter on “The Future of Entertainment.” Fall 2005.

Unto us the Machine is born

Partial excerpt of “We Are the Web”, (pertaining to a global brain) in the Sydney Morning Herald, November 15, 2005

We Are the Web

Wired, vol. 13, no. 8, August 2005

Audio file – low res (mp3, 20.5mb)

Audio file – high res (mp3, 41.1mb)

Artifact Networks

Appeared in Cool Tools, 2003, by Kevin Kelly

God Is the Machine

Wired, vol. 10, no. 12, December 2002

And for a translation in Japanese

Making My Own Music

(An op-ed piece on the copyright extension law)

Appeared in The New York Times, Saturday, October 12, 2002, Op-Ed

A Brief History of Betting on the Future

Wired, vol. 10, no. 5, May 2002

Where Music Will Be Coming From

Appeared in New York Times Magazine, March 17, 2002

The Web Runs on Love, Not Greed

Appeared in The Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2002

Lessons for The All Species Project from the Human Genome Project [via Internet Archive]

October 2001

Will We Still Turn Pages?

Time, vol. 155, no. 25, 2000, p. 90

Will Spiritual Robots Replace Humanity by 2100?

Seminar, April 2000, Stanford University

All Species Inventory

Whole Earth, no. 102, pp. 4, 2000

Really Useful Websites

Whole Earth, Winter 2000

True Films

Whole Earth, Winter 2000, p.58

Tools Are the Revolution

Whole Earth, 2000, no. 103, p. 4

The Rosetta Disk

Whole Earth, Winter, 2000, no. 103, pp. 10

Nerd Theology (pdf)

Technology in Society, 21, 1999, pp. 387-392

The Art of Burning Man

Whole Earth, no. 99, Winter 1999, p. 28

Pro-Choice: The Promise of Technology (pdf)

Organization & environment, vol. 12, no. 4, 1999, p. 428

Roaring Zeros

Wired, vol. 7, no. 9, September, 1999

The Computational Metaphor

Whole Earth, Winter, 1998, p. 5

One Huge Computer

with S. Reiss

Wired, vol. 6, no. 8, August 1998, p. 128

The Third Culture

Science, vol. 279, no. 5353, February 13, 1998, pp. 992-993


with Gary Wolf

Wired, vol. 5, no. 3, March 1997

* This article is used as a reference in the following U.S. patent

Bonfire of the Techies

Appeared in Time Magazine, August 25, 1997

New Rules for the New Economy

Wired, vol. 5, no. 9, September 1997

What are We Doing Online? (pdf)

(debate on the social consequences of online communications; includes excerpts from online chat sessions about Internet addiction)

with John Perry Barlow, Sven Birkerts, Mark Slouka

Harper’s Magazine, vol. 291, no. 1743, August 1995, pp. 35-47

The Electronic Hive: Embrace it

The Electronic Hive: Two Views (pdf)

with Sven Birkerts

Harper’s Magazine, vol. 288, no. 1728, May 1994, pp. 17-24

The Electric Paperless Prototype

Wired, vol. 2, no. 6, June 1994, p. 44, June

Cracking Wall Street

Wired, vol. 2, no. 7, July 1994, p. 92

Two Dollars Per Hour (pdf – includes info-graphic)

Wired, vol. 2, no. 10, October 1994

The Dragon Ate My Homework

with Howard Rheingold

Wired, vol.1, no. 3, 1993, p. 68

Unthinkable Futures (pdf)

with Brian Eno

Whole Earth Review, no. 79, Summer 1993, pp. 4-9

Apocalypse Juggernaut, Goodbye

Whole Earth Review, vol. 65, no. 46, 1990, p. 38

Perpetual Novelty: Selected Notes from the Second Artificial Life Conference (pdf)

Whole Earth Review, no. 67, Summer 1990, pp. 20-30

Selling the World: Mouseketeers to marketeers

Whole Earth Review, vol. 65, no. 46, 1990, p. 36

Sticking Your Head In Cyberspace (pdf)

Whole Earth Review , no. 63, Summer 1989, pp. 84-88

Toward Artificial Life (pdf)

with Chris Langton

Whole Earth Review , no. 58, Spring 1988, pp. 74-80

Information Takeover

Whole Earth Review: Signal, no. 57, Winter 1987, p. 2

The Bulletin Board Proletariat (pdf)

Whole Earth Review: Signal, no. 57, Winter 1987, p. 77

How To Ride A Bicycle Across A Continent (pdf)

Whole Earth Review, Spring 1987, pp. 128-137

The Consequences Of Treating A Fetus As A Human Being (pdf)

Whole Earth Review, Summer 1986, pp. 64-71

Digital Retouching; The End of Photography as Evidence of Anything (pdf)

with Stewart Brand and Jay Kinney

Whole Earth Review, July 1985, pp. 42-50

The Birth of a Network Nation (pdf)

New Age Journal, October 1984, p. 42

Information as a Communicable Disease (pdf)

CoEvolution Quarterly, Summer, 1984, pp. 98-103

Low-Rent Himalayas (pdf)

CoEvolution Quarterly, Fall 1981, pp. 109-115

Articles Available in Print

L’Anima delle Invenzioni (Italian, PDF)

la Repubblica, February 24, 2011

The Biology Of Business

Executive Excellence, Provo, Feb 2000

Stripping off the silicon

Management Today, 08/01/1999

MIND & MATTER The dissolving line between genes and machines

The Globe and Mail, 06/24/1995

The future is organic

The Guardian, 06/18/1995

Using The Gene In The Machine

The Age, 05/23/1995

Envisioning the Impossible

Wired, 1995, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 94

Cypherpunks, e-Money and the Technologies of Disconnection

Whole Earth Review, Summer 1993, no. 79, pp. 40(20)

*This article is used as a reference in the following U.S. patents


Interviews by Kevin Kelly

Digital Natives: A conversation between virtual reality visionaries Jaron Lanier and Kevin Kelly
The Verge, Aug. 2014

Master Planner: Fred Brooks Shows How to Design Anything

Wired, 2010, vol. 18, no. 8

Hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage Talk ‘MythBusters’

Commonwealth Club, Palo Alto, March 13, 2010

Seth Lloyd

Life, the Universe, and Everything

Wired, 2006, vol. 14, no. 3

Harry Dent Jr.

Happy Days

Wired, 1999, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 156

George Gilder

Wealth Is the Right Thing to do

Wired, 1999, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 156

Walter Wriston

The Don’t-Have-to-Work Force

Wired, 1999, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 156

Martha Stewart

I Do Have a Brain

Wired, 1998, vol. 6, no. 8, pp. 114

Paul Krugman

New Economy? What New Economy?

Wired, 1998, vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 146

Peter Drucker

Wealth Is Overrated

Wired, 1998, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 160

Tom Peters

Peters Provocations

Wired, 1997, vol. 5, no. 12, pp. 204

Judith Martin aka “Miss Manners”

Manners Matter

Wired, 1997, vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 224

John Hagel

It Takes a Village to Make a Mall

Wired, 1997, vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 84

George Lucas

Beyond Star Wars

with Paula Parisi

Wired, 1997, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 160

Hazel Henderson

Win-Win World

Wired, 1997, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 152

Michael Cox

Wealth If You Want It

Wired, 1996, vol. 4, no. 11, pp. 192

Watts Wacker

Yoda Is My Hero

Wired, 1996, vol. 4, no. 9, pp. 168

Alvin Toffler

Anticipatory Democracy

Wired, 1996, vol. 4, no. 7, pp. 45

Douglas Hofstadter

By Analogy

Wiired, 1995, vol. 3, no. 11, pp. 110

Vernor Vinge

Singular Visionary

Wired, 1995, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 160

Brian Eno

Gossip is Philosophy

John Naisbitt

Mr. Big Trend

Wired, 1994, vol. 2, no. 10, pp. 114

Will Wright

The Mayor of Sim City

Wired, 1994, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 100

Jaron Lanier

Beyond Science Fiction: The “Real” Worlds of Virtual Space

High performance, 1990, vol. 12, no. 4n48, pp. 34

Virtual Reality; an Interview with Jaron Lanier (pdf – missing pages 111 & 112)

Kevin Kelly, Adam Heilbrun, Barbara Stacks

Whole Earth Review Fall 1989, no. 64, pp. 108(12)

Why Cults Flourish. (interview of Gordon Melton)

with Jay Kinney

Whole Earth Review, Spr 1987, pp. 48(7)

Why We Left The Farm: an interview with eight long-time members of the Farm who left the renowned granddaddy of New Age communes

Whole Earth Review, Wint 1985, pp. 56(11)



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