Kevin Kelly (Editor)

Kevin Kelly (born August 14, 1952) is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine and a former editor / publisher of the Whole Earth Review . He has ook leg a writer, photographer, Conservationist , and student or Asian and digital culture .


Kelly was born in Pennsylvania on August 14, 1952, and graduated from Westfield High School , Westfield, New Jersey , in 1970. [1] Through his Father, an executive for Time who-used systems analysis in his work, Kelly developed an early interest in Cybernetics . [2] He attended the University of Rhode Island for one year, Studying geology. [3]

Kelly traveled extensively backpacking in Asia. While traveling in the Middle East, he had a conversion experience and became a born-again Christian . [2] He was raised Catholic. [3]

Kelly lives in Pacifica, California , a small coastal town just south of San Francisco. He is married to the biochemist Gia-Miin Fuh and has three children: Kaileen, Ting, and Tywen. [1] He regrets not keeping a fourth child. [3]

Among Kelly’s personal involvements is a campaign to make a full inventory of all living species on earth, an effort’ll be known as the Linnaean enterprise . He is ook sequencing his genome and co-organizes the Bay Area Quantified Self Meetup Group. [4]


Kelly Began contributing freelance articles to CoEvolution Quarterly in 1980, while living in Athens, Georgia. Around this time he was ook editing his own start-up magazine called Walking Journal , and working in an epidemiology laboratory to support himself. [2]

He was hired in 1983 [3] at Whole Earth founder Stewart Brand to edit some of the later editions of the Whole Earth Catalog , the Whole Earth Review , and Signal . With Fire, Kelly helped found the WELL , an Influential virtual community . As director of the Point Foundation , have co-sponsored the first Hackers Conference in 1984. [5]

In 1992, Kelly was hired by Louis Rossetto to serve as executive editor of Wired . Kelly brought` to the magazine the cybernetic social vision of the Whole Earth publications and hun networked styles or editorial work, while’ll be recruiting writers and editors from the WELL. [6] Kelly stepped down as executive editor in 1999; his current job title at Wired is Senior Maverick. [1] Partially due to his reputation as Wired’s editor, have been noted as a participant in and an observer of cyber culture .

Kelly’s writing has Appeared in many other national and international publications zoals The New York Times , The Economist , Time , Harper’s Magazine , Science , veneered Magazine , GQ , and Esquire . His photographs port Appeared in Life and other American national magazines. [ Citation needed ]

Kelly’s most notable book-length publication, Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World (1994), presents a view on the mechanisms of complex organization. The central theme of the book is dat verschillende areas or contemporary science and philosophy point in the co-direction: intelligence is not organized in a centralized structure but much more like a bee-hive of small simple components. Kelly applies this view to bureaucratic organizations, intelligent computers, and to the human brain.

Kelly was a Futurist adviser on the Steven Spielberg -directed movie Minority Report . [7]

Select works


  • Out of Control : The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World (Addison Wesley, 1994, Perseus Books, 1995)
  • New Rules for the New Economy: 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World (Penguin, 1999)
  • Cool Tools (2003) – Tool Reviews Collected from his blog of the association names
  • “Photographers section: Kevin Kelly,” pp. 106-111, in Lloyd Kahn , editor 2004 Homework (Shelter Publications, 2004)
  • True Movies (2006)
  • “Forward: 1000 True Fans,” pp. 3-8, in Be The Media, David Mathison , editor (2009)
  • What Technology Wants (2010)
  • The Inevitable (2016)

Photography and Art

  • Asia Grace (2002)
  • Bad Dreams (2003)
  • Bicycle Haiku (1995)


  • Speculations on the Future of Science Kevin Kelly . Lecture to Long Now Foundation , at Fort Mason in San Francisco. March 10, 2006.
  • The Next Fifty Years of Science at Kevin Kelly . Google Tech Talk , May 9, 2006. (47 minutes)
  • How Technology Evolves Kevin Kelly Talk at the TED Conference in Monterey, CA, February 2005. (21 minutes)
  • The next 5,000 days of the Web Kevin Kelly Talk at the EC 2007 Conference in Monterey, CA, December 2007.
  • Technium Unbound Kevin Kelly SALT Talk for The Long Now Foundation. November 12, 2014.
  • Cool Tools at XOXO Kevin Kelly Talk at XOXO Festival 2014, Portland, Oregon.


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c Kelly, Kevin. “Biography” . . Retrieved 2015-01-28 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c Turner 2006 , p. 131.
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Stephen Dubner (January 22, 2015). “Someone Else’s Acid Trip”(Podcast) . Retrieved 2015-01-30 .
  4. Jump up^ Wolf, Gary (2010-04-28). “The Data Driven Life” . The New York Times . New York. ISSN  0362-4331 . Retrieved 2015-01-29 .
  5. Jump up^ Turner 2006, p. 132.
  6. Jump up^ Turner 2006, p. 209.
  7. Jump up^ Cadwalladr, Carole. “Digital prophet Kevin Kelly: I’ve learned a lot from Spielberg” . The Guardian.