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Kevin Kelly - a digital visionary - describes the twelve trends of the next 30 years that will change how we live.

The Inevitable

The Inevitable

by Kevin Kelly


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“This is not a race against the machines. If we race against them, we lose. This is a race with the machines. You’ll be paid in the future based on how well you work with robots. Ninety percent of your coworkers will be unseen machines.”

The future of technology

According to Kelly, much of the future technological forces are inevitable.

Twelve trends will change the ways in which we work, learn and communicate. If you can position yourself to leverage these changes, you will do well in the next three decades.

Becoming: Always upgrading services and subscriptions

In the future, everything will depend on upgrading. We will be perpetual “newbies” trying to keep up. We’ll be in a constant flux of learning and change. Being in constant motion, we will no longer notice the motion, and big changes can catch us off guard...

Cognifying: Making everything smarter using cheap AI

In the future, everything will be intelligent. Genuine AI will plug into the grid, like electricity. You will take X and add AI. For example, phone cameras added computation and erased the need for glass lenses. Similar changes will happen in other areas such as chemistry, investing, music, and l...

In the future, everything will be copied. Our previous economy was built on warehoused full of fixed goods. Now we value intangibles. Cars become transportation services. Desktop files move from webs and pages to clouds and streams.

Now we don’t desire free music and movies. Instead,

Screening: Turning all surfaces into screens

In the future, everything will be linked and tagged. 

Wikipedia is a stream of edits and the first networked book. In the future, all information will be cross-linked. We watch our screens, and our screens will watch us.

Society will shift from one where we own assets to one where instead we will have access to services at all times.

In the future, we will have everything available immediately, without owning it. Uber owns no vehicles. Airbnb owns no real estate. So whatever you need, you will be able to ge...

Sharing: Collaboration at mass scale

In the future, everything will be shared. Over 1.4 billion people share their lives on Facebook in an informational commune. 

The volume of creative work in the next decade will far surpass the last 50 years. More artists, authors, musicians. Any idea, thought, or artefact can be contribute...

Filtering: Harnessing intense personalization to anticipate our desires

In the future, you won't have the time to read anything.

We'll need to filter down what we like, what our friends like, the stuff we should like, and that which would surprise us.

In the future, everything will rely on remixing. For example, a Hollywood blockbuster can take a million people-hours to produce, but millions of video clips are shared every day. These clips rely on remixing.

We will expect scroll-back functions. In the future, immersive environments and v...

Tracking: Employing total surveillance

In the future, we will record everything we do - car movements, highway traffic, mail, cell phone locations, credit card transactions, internet activities, fitness data. Measuring all the aspects of ourselves will create personal treatments and medicines. 

Billions of things will track them...

Interacting: Immersing ourselves inside our computers to maximize engagement

In the future, everything will be immersive.

Virtual reality feels authentic. The best VR will create a deep engagement with other people, even enabling you to make eye contact with people in VR.

Questioning: Promoting good questions. The improbable will be the new normal

Billions of connected people are creating a new level of organisation. Wikipedia was considered to be impossible. Crazy and improbable things happen all the time, and are then broadcasted on YouTube.

Impossible things happening now are because a new level of organisation is enabled by ins...

Beginning: Constructing a system connecting all humans and machines into a global matrix

In the future, everything will become part of one very large thing.

People will link themselves together on a planetary scale. Each time we click a link, we train the global mind. In 30 years, people will look back and say, "that was the birth of the era we are living in."

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