Writer, editor and internet pioneer, Kevin Kelly
Writer, editor and internet pioneer, Kevin Kelly

Looking Sideways with Kevin Kelly


29 July 2016

In this special episode of the podcast Looking Sideways, Andrew Sleigh talks with writer, editor and internet pioneer, Kevin Kelly, who has just published a new book, 'The Inevitable', which draws out a broad sweep of trends that he believes will shape our future.

Kevin's vision of the next thirty years
Kevin's vision of the next thirty years

Here, Andrew tells us more about the episode:

“The ideas are set out with the confidence that you’d expect from a book with such a bold title. And while Kelly’s work has been very influential to me over the last 20-odd years, I found much in it that I disagreed with. So this was a great opportunity to understand his perspective, and in particular his optimism, better.

In this interview, we cover his formative years travelling, writing, and getting online the 1980s, and how these experiences shaped his thinking. He talks about the differences between protopian and utopian thinking. And he extolls the virtues of both maniacal leadership and collaborative, “socialist” technology.

We also cover one of the most deeply embedded forces in technology today – data collection – and consider how smarter data-driven services can be developed without allowing unbalanced surveillance states to emerge in their wake."

Looking Sideways is a podcast about making: how we make things, and how those things make us.
Listen to the Kevin Kelly special.


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