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

Our selection
Kevin Kelly explains in The Inevitable how the unprecedented technological progress we have known lately will change our future. According to him, the transformations to come are inevitable and also, in part, predictable. If what the author predicts seems sudden and drastic, he also presents his vision with optimism and enthusiasm. From artificial intelligence to virtual reality and more, the book analyses the history of new technologies to identify unavoidable future trends. Kelly does not claim to believe in fate, or that he knows which gadget will be fashionable in ten years from now, but he outlines the general paths where recent innovations are likely to lead. More importantly, he explains that we have to understand these changes and accept them, to avoid being overwhelmed by them and to be able to live better thanks to them.

Why did we choose this book?
Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine, has always been a passionate observer and keen analyst of technology trends. In contemplating the future world that awaits us, he contemplates the following questions: “What to invest in?”; “What to invent?”; “Where to work?” Always in an optimistic and generous spirit, his book offers great food for thought relevant to managing a company, an industry or your own individual life.

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, by Kevin Kelly (Viking, June 2016)