The Inevitable (book)

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The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
Author Kevin Kelly
Language English
Subject Culture, Human, Life, Technology
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 336
ISBN 978-0-525-42808-4

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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