The Inevitable (book)

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The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
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AuthorKevin Kelly
SubjectCulture, Human, Life, Technology
PublisherViking Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)

The Inevitable is a 2016 nonfiction book by Kevin Kelly that forecasts the twelve technological forces that will shape the next thirty years.[1][2][3][4]


According to Kelly, much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable.[5] The future will bring with it even more screens, tracking, and lack of privacy.[6] In the book he outlines twelve trends that will forever change the ways in which we work, learn and communicate:[7]

  1. Becoming: Moving from fixed products to always upgrading services and subscriptions
  2. Cognifying: Making everything much smarter using cheap powerful AI that we get from the cloud
  3. Flowing: Depending on unstoppable streams in real-time for everything
  4. Screening: Turning all surfaces into screens
  5. Accessing: Shifting society from one where we own assets, to one where instead we will have access to services at all times.[8]
  6. Sharing: Collaboration at mass-scale. Kelly writes, “On my imaginary Sharing Meter Index we are still at 2 out of 10.”
  7. Filtering: Harnessing intense personalization in order to anticipate our desires
  8. Remixing: Unbundling existing products into their most primitive parts and then recombining in all possible ways
  9. Interacting: Immersing ourselves inside our computers to maximize their engagement
  10. Tracking: Employing total surveillance for the benefit of citizens and consumers
  11. Questioning: Promoting good questions is far more valuable than good answers
  12. Beginning: Constructing a planetary system connecting all humans and machines into a global matrix [9]

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