Kevin Kelly on the inevitable rise of virtual reality and artificial intelligence

Our machines are getting smarter at a mind-bending pace. Tech writer Kevin Kelly, founder and former executive editor at Wired Magazine (his job title now is Senior Maverick), attempts to chart the future in his new book “The Inevitable: Understanding The 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.” In this interview with Ross Reynolds, Kelly explores two of those forces: virtual reality, which he says is creating the next evolution of the internet, and artificial intelligence, of which he writes “it’s hard to imagine anything that ‘changes everything’ as much as cheap, powerful, ubiquitous, artificial intelligence.” He confronts the questions of whether virtual reality is too real for most users, whether the big companies that make artificial intelligence (Google and Amazon) will take advantage of their power, and now…


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