Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Year 2019

My title is Senior Maverick for Wired, a magazine I helped co-found 25 years ago. I do one article for Wired per year. My most recent article is a cover story about augmented reality called Mirrorworld. It describes what I believe will be what happens after the web and smart phones. My other published writings are listed here, in chronological order.

This is the 25th anniversary of my first book, Out of Control. It is about decentralized systems, emergent order, cryptocurrency, evolutionary design, robots and AI  — 25 years ago! Despite two decades of fast moving technology, it still reads like news. So in celebration of its 25 years, I have been tweeting one insight per day from the book. I tweet several times a week about other things under @kevin2kelly. On Facebook, I am the laughing Kevin Kelly.

About three years ago I started a weekly newsletter, called Recomendo. Together with Mark Frauenfelder, of Boing Boing fame, and Claudia Dawson, our webmaster and my assistant, we give 6 very short recommendations each week. We briefly share in one page the great stuff we are watching, listening to, reading, cool tools we are enjoying, or great destinations we recommend. Recomendo now has 25,000 subscribers. Last Christmas we rounded up our best recommendations and produced a book — a physical book — with 500 plus suggestions. It is available on Amazon for less than $10. It was such a hit we also made a PDF version which you can download.

I’m trying to finish visiting all the countries in Asia in order to document their disappearing traditions. From these I am compiling a photo book about the disappearing cultures of Asia, called Vanishing Asia. To be published a few years from now.

Six years ago I published my first fiction, The Silver Cord. I worked on it for 11 years! At 464 oversized pages, this huge book was fan-funded, the result of a successful Kickstarter-funded campaign. It is now available on Amazon. The Silver Cord contains two volumes of an epic story about angels and robots and a girl hero who must save the humans in between. The craftsmanship of the printing, including a 6-page fold out, is stunning. It has to be seen to be believed.

I am back on the speaking circuit. I refer all invitations to speak to the folks that represent me, Stern Speakers. They can help book me.

The Long Now Foundation (I am a board member) hosts a public seminar each month featuring a talk on long-term thinking. Past speakers include Brian Eno, Neal Stephenson, Jared Diamond, Craig Venter, among the better known, and many other lesser-known but equally talented original thinkers. I often facilitate questions at the event. They happen approximately once a month at a venue in San Francisco. If you are in the neighborhood, please join us.

My further doings are outlined comprehensively in this narrative. My brushes with Hollywood are covered here. My history is recounted in this chronology. Details are summarized in this biography.

All my books and their translations can be found on this catalog. Official portraits of me are downloadable from here. Thanks to Joshua Swanbeck for the doodle of me, above.

I work in a sunny studio in Pacifica, California, along the coast in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I can be contacted by emailing kk at kk dot org.

 

–KK


 

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