Author Kevin Kelly is no stranger to writing about tech, new trends and how they will impact our lives. In his book The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technologies That Will Shape Our Future he predicts what each technology will do for us and the technological world. Kevin breaks it down for us in a way that is easily digestible and relatable.
He groups these technologies into sections ranging from ‘Becoming’and ‘Cognifying’, to ‘Flowing’ and ‘Beginning’. He delves into each one, pulling it apart and giving the pros of each.
In the section named Cognifying, he talks about a very hot topic – Artificial Intelligence (AI). For many people it’s hard to grasp how much AI will change simple tasks, and that its mere arrival has accelerated all other disruptions. ‘Big Data’ (data that is collected around the world from various companies, apps, and marketing tools) can be said to go hand-in-hand with AI because without Big Data, AI cannot be schooled.
The Screening section deals with something as simple as the way we read, right through to education. Books have already gone digital – people want things immediately and going to a bookstore to buy a book has become foreign to many people. Our culture today is one of immediacy. Eventually, books will seep out of their bindings and create a large ‘metabook’ and, one day, a universal library. AI will then automatically tag text and images giving everyone access to the universal library.
In the section called Accessing Kevin talks about companies like Uber, Airbnb and Facebook. Uber is the largest taxi company in the world, yet it owns no cars. Airbnb is the largest rental company in the world, but it owns no property.
The focus has moved away from owning objects and services that are not used as frequently as they once were to having access to these services or objects. Everything you need will be available on demand.
Bitcoin, for example, is a decentralised currency that doesn’t need a central bank to be distributed, enforced or regulated. Blockchain is the technology that makes this and other systems manageable and accessible.
If you are still feeling confused or out of the loop then get your hands on a copy of Kevin Kelly’s book from Takelot, Exclusive Books or Loot. Choose the digital version of his book, or buy the audiobook, if you really want to stay with the technological times.