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Who is Kevin Kelly?

When it refers about cultural change, Kevin Kelly is your man. He was born in Pennsylvania in the year 1952 and has worked as a writer, photographer and conservationist. Nowadays, he lives in California, has married and has three children. Despite only going one year to university and then gave it up, his articles have appeared in such important newspapers as the New york times, Esquire, The Economist.. 

Kevin Kelly in his house of San Francisco.

Kevin Kelly has done lots of things during his life: founded Walking Journal, director of the Point foundation, editor of Whole Earth Review…However, in my opinion, the striking anecdote is that his book(Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World)was read before the start of filming The Matrix by the principal actors of  the film.

But why am I talking about Kevin Kelly apart from being an excellent expert in digital culture?. The reason is that he has done a speech predicting the following 5,000 days of the Internet, and describes very well what is going to happen. Mainly, he explains that all the electronical  devises  will change into one machine. Not only does he explain that but also that there will be an increasingly contribution of users and that it will appear the semantic web. Finally, he says that the web will be better and it will be a renewed one.

Kevin Kelly during his speech predicting the next  5,000 days of the Internet.



Answer to the first debate: Kevin kelly’s description of the web.

Kevin Kelly, author that we have been studying in class and editor of Wired magazine, has recently talked about the first five thousand days of the Web in an informal meeting at the EG 2007 Conference, where he, also, shared with all of us through a revealing video his main thoughts about how he thinks the future of the Web will be. Summing up, we could say that Kelly announces three main changes in the evolution of the Web:

  • An increasing contribution of users
  • The ‘semantic’ Web
  • The AI of the Machine

Let’s analyze these improvements carefully. In first place, according to Kelly, users are going to make the Web more capable somehow. We will be able to provide the Web up-to-date information, data, photos…We will take a more active part in ‘building’ the Web. The Wikipedia, weblogs, or wikis, for instance, are good examples of this movement. We are gradually widenning the senses and abilities of the Machine.

In second place, Kevin Kelly talks about what he calls the ‘semantic’ Web. In his opinion, we are going to stop linking pages and we are going to begin linking ideas and concepts. These hyperlinked ideas and the optimization of search engines that Web 2.0 bring us will be extremelly beneficial, allowing us to surf a network of connected thoughts.

In third place, Kelly reflects on the AI of the Machine and its possibilities. He believes that in the future the Web will be smarter, more intelligent…, that the Web will offer a wider range of services, that the Web will know us, and, consequently, that it will be much more personalized.

Kevin Kelly, digital culture expert, reaches to the conclusion that the next five thousand days of the Web are not going to be just a better Web, but a whole renewed, reinvented and different Web.


Kevin Kelly. ¿Cómo serán los próximos 5.000 días de la Web? (2008, August 21) In Microsiervos. Retrieved 20:01, November 13, 2008, from

Web 2.0. (2008, November 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:02, November 13, 2008, from

What is Web 2.0. (2005, September 30). In O’reilly. Retrieved 20:04, November 13, 2008, from

Web 1.0. (2008, November 9). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:16, November 13, 2008, from

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