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

Without dating myself too much, I can remember a time when a home had one phone in it. ONE! You answered without knowing who was on the other end of the call. If you didn’t answer the call you would not know who had called. There was no voicemail. If you were on the other line the person calling would get a busy signal. That time was not so long ago, was it? In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that a phone became a common fixture in all homes. Could you have envisioned a time when your phone would be on your person at all times? It is almost an appendage isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I feel like I am missing something on the rare occasion I have left my phone behind. As Kelly says in this book, technology has created new holes that we need to have filled.

Inevitable is a fascinating look at technology and how it impacts society. He was an internet pioneer in the 1980’s when the internet was a shell of what it is today. He believes there are 12 “strategic forces” that will transform our future: becoming, cognifying, flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, interacting,tracking, questioning, and beginning. He looks at the what our technological future holds for us. It is both exciting and a little scary. Will the next 30 years be as Kelly predicts? I suspect he is more correct than not. Technology is moving fast. What is hot right now--will be replaced in a month or two. That new technology will have a new learning curve. And as soon as it is mastered, there will be an update or replacement.

This is going to be exciting, and a little terrifying. Kelly predicts that 75% of jobs that exist today will not exist in 30 years. I wonder what will replace the employment I have today---or the phone I hold in my hand? Will we tell the tale of the phone that could ONLY access the internet, take calls, play music and stream movies?


Kevin Kelly


Penguin Books



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