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Kevin Kelly on the Next 30 Years in AI, VR & Data Tracking

At the second edition of our new series What’s Now: San Francisco, WIRED Senior Maverick Kevin Kelly quizzed the crowd about artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and data tracking. We used instant polling devices to probe the hive mind of more than 150 innovators who came to learn about and celebrate Kelly’s new book, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future. 

Kelly believes that AI, VR, and data tracking will have a much larger presence in our world in the years to come. He thinks that our experiences with AI will help us better define somewhat nebulous concepts like intelligence and consciousness. At some point, he said, AI might become more ethical than humans are.

Kelly thinks that VR companies will become some of the largest companies in the world—which may be of concern to privacy advocates, considering that VR is, according to Kelly, “a total surveillance state” in which all moments and activities are captured. 

While Kelly thinks most of our future problems will be created by today’s technology, he believes tech will also provide the solutions to these problems.

A PDF of the multiple choice questions Kelly used to poll the audience, along with audience responses, can be found here.