The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future is Kevin Kelly's in-depth exploration of the imminent changes on the technological horizon that will ultimately impact all of humanity.
Inevitability, in this context, is defined as a pattern that is unquestionably trending forward due to the ways in which technological developments favor certain functions and behaviors. However, inevitability does not mean that the future is already predetermined. Even with inevitable forces at work, there is much that people can still do to impact the purpose, meaning, and form of developing trends. For example, it was inevitable that mobile phones would become ubiquitous. But the specific development of the iPhone was not inevitable; it was shaped by corporations and consumers.
All of the forces shaping the future are becoming, cognifying, flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, interacting, tracking, questioning, and beginning.
Please note: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book.
Inside this Instaread Summary of The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly:
Nine key takeaways are laid out, but only eight are analyzed. This is a little disappointing. Would also have liked an analysis of the 12 forces listed, and how they relate to the 9 key takeaways.