Wired Founders Are Still Optimistic About The Future Of Technology

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The founders of Wired magazine — business and life partners Jane Metcalfe and Louis Rossetto — received a lifetime achievement award at the Webbys this week.

But rather than focus on the past, The Huffington Post caught up with them after the ceremony in New York Monday night to ask about how the world has changed since 1993, when Wired launched, and what they expect from the future.

How do you think the world has changed in terms of how people interact with technology and how they care about technology?

Louis Rossetto: It was a small community inventing the future almost in isolation from each other, and Wired helped unify that community. That community has now grown to all the people using this technology, all the ones who care about what’s the next thing. We used to say our mission was to roam across the horizon of time and come back with a fresh kill from the future. And that mission is still valid because everybody wants to know what’s coming next.

Jane Metcalfe: Well, I think everybody wanting to know what’s coming next is perhaps relatively new. I mean, when we launched back in the early ‘90s there were fewer people who kind of cared about what technology was doing, where it was going, and there was less focus on the future.

LR: I think everybody is living in the future now.

JM: Right, I mean, this is the future. When we started, the future was 2000 — the year 2000. [Laughs]

LR: I feel like all the stuff that we’re doing, things are preoccupying us — whether it’s genetics or whether its drones or whether it’s artificial intelligence or intelligence amplified or 3D printing or biomedicine — all of those things even 25 years ago were still, you know, science —> Read More