The highlight of Conference for the Curious will be the keynote by Kevin Kelly, one of the founders of tech-magazine WIRED and author of bestsellers such as What Technology Wants and The Inevitable, published last year. In his latest book, Kelly explores the twelve driving technological forces defining our lives for the next thirty years. With The Inevitable he offers an optimistic yet also realistic roadmap for the future, based on three decades of personal experience and involvement with digital technology and the Internet.
Kelly is currently Senior Maverick at WIRED magazine. He helped launch WIRED in 1993, and served as its executive editor until January 1999. During Kelly’s tenure as editor at WIRED, the magazine won two National Magazine Awards. He is also currently editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets 1 million visitors per month. From 1984-1990, Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. In addition, he writes for prominent publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, Harpers, Science, GQ, and Esquire.