On April 23, Kevin Kelly touched down in Beijing to have a conversation regarding the future of technology with Pony Ma, the man running Internet giant Tencent. The clash of a titan from the intellectual sphere and another from business forefront predictably produced interesting results, and in the end there were much food for thought in regard to the disruptive nature of technology, technology’s influence on human nature, and the future of platform, just to name a few.

Kevin Kelly is a true believer of technology. How can he help himself? As the former executive editor of Wired magazine, Kelly has spend his entire life proselytizing to anyone who would listen that technology would change our way of life. To a large degree, he has succeeded, as we cannot imagine a world without iPads. Technology has become essential to productivity and entertainment as an integral part of human existence.

So Kevin Kelly is a true prophet, isn’t he? Well, to quote the immortal Bill Clinton, that depends on how you define the word “prophet”. Is a prophet someone who gets everything right all the time or something right some of the time? If we submit everyone to the former, then pretty much no one can qualify as a prophet. Therefore, it is out of necessity that we must lower the barrier.

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Yang Wang

Yang is currently the brand and media director at Elitime Media & Consulting. He has published and translated seven books, and several of his works have been translated and published in areas such...