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Why I Don’t Worry About a Super AI

[I originally wrote this in response to Jaron Lanier’s worry post on Edge.]Why I don’t fear super intelligence.It is wise to think through the …

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Some people call VR “the last medium” because any subsequent medium can be invented inside of VR, using software alone. Looking back, the movie and …

AI, or Alien Intelligence

This year, 2014, John Brockman’s annual question was “What Do You Think About Machines That Think?”. My answer is that I think we could call them

Intelligence

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ImageChange has never happened this fast before, and it will never be this slow again. Graeme Wood
Social Principal #9, Geek Media, Sept 29, 2009Even …

How to Use Artificial Intelligence

About a year ago I started writing a piece on AI for Wired. I turned it in last spring, and they just published it this month. They also cut it in …

Artificial Intelligence

A Desirable-Future Haiku

The coming hundred years, in one hundred wordsRecently I sent a twitter request out into the wider internets. I got 23 responses, which I am running …

Kevin Kelly

What Bits Want

[Translations: German]Digital bits have lives. They work for us, but we totally ignore them. What do bits really want? Here are the life stories of …

You Are Not Late

[Translations: Italian, Japanese, Chinese]Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to be an entrepreneur in 1985 when almost any dot com name …

Internet

Platforms Trump Products

[Translations: Japanese]The general trend in the technium is a long-term migration away from selling products to selling services. Jeff Bezos has …

Amazon

The Least Resistance to New Ideas

Many years ago the San Francisco Chronicle published a short column in which the writer mentioned that he had been traveling in India, and when he …

The Future

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Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats. -- Howard Aiken, as quoted in Portraits in …

Damon Lindelof

The Self-Publishing Route

[Translations: Italian, Japanese]Like the Whole Earth Catalogs of yore, my new Cool Tools book is self-published. I'll tell you how the economics of …

Self-publishing

The Pleasures of a Paper Book

My blog is now a book!I took the best of my Cool Tools blog and printed it as a huge oversized book.
Yes, I know. Paper is old. You can’t search it, …

Kevin Kelly

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Remember kids, the only difference between screwing around and science is writing it down. -- Adam Savage, Mythbusters [episode unknown].Along comes …

Personal Shadow Outsourcing

For years I've heard apocryphal stories of knowledge workers in Silicon Valley who outsourced their job themselves. They had permission to work at …

I'll Pay You to Read My Book

Nobody reads big factual books anymore. Who has time? With a lot of effort you can get folks to buy big factual books, but they don't usually read …

The Improbable is the New Normal

Cops, emergency room doctors, and insurance actuarists all know it. They realize how many crazy impossible things happen all the time. A burglar gets …

Pain of the New

New media technologies often cause an allergic reaction when they first appear. We may find them painful before we find them indispensable.I watched …

The Decisive Hour

I started out as a photographer. For years in Asia I was chasing the "decisive moment" in a still picture, that moment I would chose when everything …

The Post-Productive Economy

Take a look at these farm houses which I saw under construction in remote areas of Yunnan province China. They were not unusual; farmsteads this size …

Pre-Globalism

Tourism is at least 1,000 years old. Ancient Chinese accounts record a parade of tourists coming to gawk at West Lake in Hangzhou (contemporary scene …

The Average Place on Earth

[Translations: Chinese]Technology and human activity are so global that they operate together as if they were a geological force. Civilization is …