Book: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

This book by Kevin Kelly, a futurist, writer and former executive editor of Wired magazine, outlines a variety of evolutionary technological trends that will shape the future society and economy.

The 12 themes are briefly listed below:

  • Becoming: Moving from fixed products to always upgrading services and subscriptions
  • Cognifying: Making things much smarter using cheap powerful AI that we get from the cloud
  • Flowing: Depending on unstoppable streams in real-time for everything
  • Screening: Turning all surfaces into screens, will be surrounded by screens
  • Accessing: Shifting society from asset ownership, to one based on access to services
  • Sharing: Collaboration at mass-scale.
  • Filtering: Harnessing intense personalization
  • Remixing: Unbundling existing products/media and recombining in innovative ways
  • Interacting: Immersing ourselves inside computers to maximize engagement
  • Tracking: Employing total data tracking for the benefit of citizens and consumers
  • Questioning: Decentralization of society is allowing for more good questions that push development, making use of collective efforts of communities
  • Beginning: Moving towards a planetary system connecting humanity and machines into a global matrix