Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists

Kevin Kelly



YEAR 2023

I’ve been jotting down bits of advice I wished I had known earlier in my life, and then sharing them with my children. Each one is like a tweet — a wisdom tweet. This year I have put 450 of them into a pocket-sized book, called Excellent Advice for Living. It will be released on May 2. You can order on Amazon. It makes a great gift for a graduating student.

I am extremely optimistic about the future – despite reading the news. I give my reasons why we should be optimistic in this new 12-minute TED talk. I also outline other reasons to be optimistic and why I think the next two decades will be a global boom in this short essay.

Last year I relied on my 1,000 true fans to fund a huge, oversized, 1,000-page celebration of old Asia. This 3-volume book set is titled Vanishing Asia, and it records 9,000 photographs of the festivals, costumes, architecture, and rituals that are disappearing in Asia. It’s like no other book that has ever been printed. It’s now available on Amazon.

My title for Wired is Senior Maverick, a magazine I helped co-found 29 years ago. I write one article for Wired per year now. My most recent article concerns the rapidly emerging world of AI image generators, and what they will mean for us. As I detail in my article Picture Limitless Creativity, they are truly creative.

I frequently give presentations and interviews about my life and work and the consequences of technology.