WNSF: The Inevitable: The Next 30 Years in Tech with Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly is one of the most original thinkers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he has spent much of his life seeking out other cutting edge innovators in the region. In June, Kevin published his latest book that synthesizes much of what he has learned over the course of his long and impressive career: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.

Kevin is Senior Maverick for Wired magazine, a publication he helped found as executive editor in 1993, and where he still writes cover stories. He has written several influential books and helped found several influential ventures, from the Hackers Conference, to The Well, to Cool Tools. In his new book, Kevin gives early insight into many critical fields exploding in activity throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including two he has been particularly obsessed with – artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

“No one is as smart as everyone” is the saying we use as a motto for our network building at Reinvent. Kevin didn’t just want to use his What’s Now gathering to talk about his book and answer questions. Kevin wanted to “probe the hive mind” of all the innovative brains who gathered that night. We had technology on hand that allowed everyone to instantaneously answer Kevin’s questions and collectively learn from the group during this fun and informative evening.