Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) might be the real-life Most Interesting Man In The World. I’ve always wanted to travel with him, and we recently headed to Uzbekistan together. This episode covers some of our favorite travel tools.
Kevin is Senior Maverick at Wired Magazine, which he co-founded in 1993. He also co-founded the All Species Foundation, a non-profit aimed at cataloging and identifying every living species on earth. In his spare time, he writes bestselling books, co-founded The Rosetta Project, which is building an archive of all documented human language, and serves on the board of The Long Now Foundation. As part of The Long Now Foundation, he’s investigating how to revive and restore endangered or extinct species, including the Wooly Mammoth.
His newest critically acclaimed book is The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future. As journalist David Pogue has said: “Anyone can claim to be a prophet, a fortune teller, or a futurist, and plenty of people do. What makes Kevin Kelly different is that he’s right…”
This episode touches on a lot of cool stuff, and we had a blast recording it in the back of a car in the mountains. Enjoy!
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Want to hear my earlier conversations with Kevin Kelly, in which we discuss population implosions, The Long Now Foundation, organizational methods for learning, and much more? — Listen to them here (stream below or right-click to download part 1 | part 2 | part 3):
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Connect with Kevin Kelly:
- The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly
- Kevin’s first appearance on The Tim Ferriss Show, his second, and third.
- Wired Magazine
- Learn more about the All Species Foundation
- The Rosetta Project
- The Long Now Foundation
- The Tien Shan Mountains, Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Uzbekistan, Lonely Planet
- Nau Vice II Blazer
- Logitech Keys-To-Go Ultra-Portable Stand-Alone Keyboard
- Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs
- Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow
- Apnea Trainer by Jan Luther
- myTracks GPS Logger by Dirk Stichling
- A compact umbrella with top spray-painted silver to reflect the sun
- My most recent TED Talk: Why You Should Define Your Fears Instead of Your Goals (and if you’re interested, here’s my last one).
- I’ll be making the written and illustrated version of The Tao of Seneca available for free soon; in the meantime, here’s the audiobook version.
- Yellowtec USA YT5040 iXM Handheld Recorder with Dynamic Omnidirectional Mic Head
- Rode iXY Recording Microphone for iPhone/iPad
- We cross a pass in the Tian Shan mountains at two thousand meters; Kevin explains the relative geography of Uzbekistan. [07:46]
- My first cool tool [08:34]
- My second cool tool [13:46]
- My third cool tool [16:19]
- My fourth cool tool [18:58]
- An app I use a lot when traveling [22:00]
- An app Kevin uses often [24:14]
- Kevin’s Cool Tool [26:36]
- What I’m up to next. [28:52]
- What Kevin’s up to now. [30:32]
- A final, bonus cool tool [31:35]
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