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Kevin Kelly on Singularity 1 on 1 (Part 1)

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Published on Nov 3, 2010

http://www.SingularityWeblog.com
http://www.SingularitySymposium.com

Today's edition of Singularity 1 on 1 features prominent author, maverick technologist and regular TED speaker Kevin Kelly. Kevin just published a new book called What Technology Wants. Seth Godin blogged about it and called it The Book Of The Year because in Seth's opinion "if there's justice it will win the Pulitzer prize." Steven Johnson called it the anti-Unabomber manifesto.

After such endorsements I could not help it but buy and read the book myself. Having done so I have to say that I agree with both of the above ratings. In my opinion What Technology Wants is perhaps the most optimistic, coherent, beautiful and poetic defense of technology. It provides unique depth and breadth of its techno-analysis together with an altogether new theory of the evolution and interplay of both technology and biology (and Homo Sapiens). (In some ways it may arguably serve as the unofficial prequel to Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity Is Near.)

During our 45 min conversation I got Kevin to share his thoughts on technology in general and his book in particular but also other topics such as religion, the Unabomber, artificial intelligence, the technological singularity and the omega point. You can listen to or download the audio podcast above or scroll down and watch the YouTube videos of our conversation below. Unfortunately, after the 6th minute of our conversation our Skype video feed gets interrupted and the video becomes choppy and out-of-sync with the audio. While this problem persists until the end of the interview the sound is excellent and I do believe that there is a lot of value listening to or watching what Kevin has to say, even while the Technium is trying to sabotage his message. The good news here is that in due time I may use this technical issue as an excuse to get Kevin for another interview for Singularity 1 on 1.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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