Saturday, December 5, 2009

Kevin Kelly - The next 5000 days of the web

There was a TED video presentation by Kevin Kelly. He is the co-founding executive editor of Wired Magazine and the former editor of Whole Earth Review. Kelly’s presentation was titled, “The next 5000 days of the web”

“We’re creating ONE MACHINE,” Kelly emphasizes as he talks about computers, hand helds and other gadgets which we can’t seem to live without these days. He believes that by 2040 the web will exceed humanity in power and that all our cameras, microphones and cars will ultimately be connected to this “one machine” he talks about. He goes on to say that “the web is a black hole, sucking everything into it.”

Kelly spoke about the numerous social sites available on the web where we are always having to tell them who we are and who our friends are. We shouldn’t have to do this and he believes that we should carry our relationships around via these networking sites.

You have to be OPEN to having your data shared which is a bigger step than sharing your webpage.” Kelly also says that, “Total personalization requires total transparency.”

We are a transforming culture. We can’t imagine ourselves without the alphabet and writing – a technology that has changed our lives. Our dependency on these things are nothing to be afraid of. In fact, we should embrace it.

“So – the next 5000 days: It’s not going to be the web and only better, it’s going to be something different. Firstly, it’s going to be smarter, it will anticipate what we’re doing – in a good sense. Secondly, it will be more personalized. Thirdly, it will be more ubiquitous in terms of filling our environment. We will be in the middle of it. All these devices will be portals into that. It’s a One.”

According to Kelly:

There’s only One machine.
The web is its OS.
All screens look into the One.
No bits will live outside the web.
To share is to gain.
Let the one read it.
The One is us. We are in the One.

Here is the video presentation:

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