Discovering Kevin Kelly

When we think of people that have revolutioned the field of computer science, one name that always crosses our minds in first place is Kevin Kelly. Mr. Kelly is a world wide recognized conservationist, photographer, writer and, above all, digital culture expert.

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly has worked and published for extremely prestigious newspapers and magazines (New York Times, Esquire, The Economist, Life, Time…), but one of the many remarkable points in his literary career is, probably, being the founding executive editor of Wired, the succesful computer related magazine.

Furthermore, Kelly has also written several books, one of which (Out of control: The new biology of machines, social systems, and the economic world) became really popular and inspired the directors of the film Matrix.

But you might be wondering why I am talking about Mr. Kelly. The reason is simple. At the EG 2007 Conference he tried to predict how the next five thousand days of the Web would be, and I find his ideas for the future very enlightening. Besides, he puts the stress on linguistic and semantic aspects of the Web, what it is really interesting for my studies and degree.

Kevin Kelly giving a lecture

Kevin Kelly giving a lecture

He basically predicts three main changes: an increasing contribution of users, the ‘semantic’ web, or, in other words, the linking of ideas instead of pages, and, finally, the artificial intelligence of the Machine.

Kevin Kelly reached to the conclusion that the next five thousand days of the Web are not going to be just a better Web, but a whole renewed, reinvented and different Web.



1 Response to “Discovering Kevin Kelly”

  1. 1 Joseba Abaitua 18 February, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Good collection of references.

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