Kevin Kelly has been publisher of the Whole Earth Review, exec editor at WIRED, founder of visionary nonprofits, and writer on biology and business and "cool tools." He's admired for his new perspectives on technology and its relevance to history, biology and religion.

Why you should listen

Perhaps there is no one better to contemplate the meaning of cultural change -- bad? good? too slow? too bold? -- than Kevin Kelly, whose life story reads like a treatise on the value of technology. Whether by renouncing all material things save his bicycle (which he then rode 3,000 miles), founding an organization (the All-Species Foundation) to catalog all life on earth, or by touting new gadgets in WIRED, Kelly hasn't stopped exploring the phenomena of technical and biological creation.

In articles for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, among others, he has celebrated scientific breakthroughs, and at the Long Now Foundation, where he serves on the board, he champions projects that look 10,000 years into the future. One such project is the Rosetta Project, which will catalogue more than 1,000 languages on a disks to be placed nearby the 10,000 Year Clock. Kelly's newest book What Technology Wants asks what appears to be his life's core question: "How should I think about new technology when it comes along?"

Kelly discusses the 7th Kingdom at length in the July 18, 2007, edition of Edge.org.

What others say

“Thinker, environmentalist and philosopher extraordinaire ... A one-man force of nature.” — fashiontribes.com

Kevin Kelly’s TED talks

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Technology's epic story: Kevin Kelly on TED.com

February 19, 2010

In this wide-ranging, thought-provoking talk from TEDxAmsterdam, Kevin Kelly muses on what technology means in our lives — from its impact at the personal level to its place in the cosmos. (Recorded at TEDxAmsterdam, November 2009, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Duration: 16:32) Watch Kevin Kelly’s talk from TEDxAmsterdam on TED.com, where you can download this […]

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TEDxNASA and TEDxAmsterdam stream live tomorrow!

November 19, 2009

Tomorrow, Friday November 20th, two of our most exciting TEDx events so far will be streamed live. TEDxNASA was organized by NASA’s Langley Research Center and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). It’s a full day of talks on science, technology, entertainment and the arts. Speakers include author Mitch Albom, experimental artist Chakaia Booker innovation […]

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How technology evolves: Kevin Kelly on TED.com

August 18, 2009

This week we continue to bring you timeless archived talks while the TED media team gets some R and R. In his 2005 talk on how technology evolves, Kevin Kelly attempts to reconcile his lust for the newest technological gadget with his abstemious impulse to sell all of his technology, save a bicycle on which […]

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Quotes from Kevin Kelly

What technology is really about is better ways to evolve. That is what we call an ‘infinite game.’ … A finite game is played to win, and an infinite game is played to keep playing.
Kevin Kelly
TED2005 • 895K views Nov 2006
Persuasive, Fascinating
All these computers, all these handhelds, all these cell phones, all these laptops, all these servers — what we’re getting out of all these connections is we’re getting one machine. … We’re constructing a single, global machine.
Kevin Kelly
EG 2007 • 996K views Jul 2008
Fascinating, Informative
Of all the animals that we have domesticated, the most important animal that we’ve domesticated has been us.
Kevin Kelly
TEDxAmsterdam • 443K views Feb 2010
Informative, Fascinating