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The Inevitable – Kevin Kelly (Book Summary)

After reading 2 books that were fairly negative about the future, it was a breath of fresh air to read Kevin Kelly’s book: The Inevitable – Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.

Kelly co-founded Wired magezine in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor for its first seven years. He’s always at the cutting edge off technology and follows some of the most important trends in tech today.

He gets in to the essence of this book right in the introduction saying:

“Banning the inevitable usually backfires . Prohibition is at best temporary , and in the long counterproductive . A vigilant , eyes – wide – open embrace works much better .”

Rather than try to predict the exact technologies that are going to dominate the future and when they will occur he goes in to the 12 forces that will govern these technologies:

  1. Becoming – The constant change of technology and becoming something else causing us to be eternal newbies.
  2. Cognifying – The rise of AI and how we will add “smart”to almost anything you can think of.
  3. Flowing – How things that were previously physical goods, like a car, are now becoming flowing services.
  4. Screening – Screens will become an integral part of our lives and be everywhere you look.
  5. Accessing – We are moving away from ownership and towards access. We won’t buy things and store them anymore. We will just access what we need when we need it.
  6. Sharing – In future we will be sharing not only socially, but also our work and thoughts, using the internet as the ultimate sharing tool.
  7. Filtering – With the abundance of content and information out there filtering will become a very important task to only identify the relevant and important information.
  8. Remixing  – With sharing will come a remixing of ideas, music and anything else. Human creativity will be let loose to remix almost anything.
  9. Interacting  – Through online platforms, AR and speech recognition tools we’ll be able to interact with much more of society than ever before.
  10. Tracking  – Tracking our performance an health will revolutionize how we identify and treat diseases in future.
  11. Questioning  – With the evolution of technology even more and bigger questions will be identified and we will have to work together to answer them and identify the next questions.. 
  12. Beginning  – This is all merely the beginning. The exponential growth we will see in the next few years will exceed any of our imaginations.

If you want to hear more about this book, I also made the following short video summary:


Out of the four books I read for technology month this is the book I would suggest you read. I think it gives you the clearest view of the possibilities of technology and how they will likely impact your life.