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

book.pngVery thought-provoking book, which is trying to understand future based on current technological (and societal) changes.

One of the profound statements is that we, humans, will be endless newbies of our technology – everything is outdated before it can be mastered.

I was wondering, is it frustrating or liberating?  From one side, we will never have a chance to truly master our tools, from another side, the most important what we  will need to master is the definition of outcome.  The objective is not a superb PPT, but a communication of an idea; not using every feature of a new phone, but finding a way how the new device can make life (work? play?) better.  How?  It will change with every upgrade…

  1. Becoming: Moving from fixed products to always upgrading services and subscriptions
  2. Cognifying: Making everything much smarter using cheap powerful AI that we get from the cloud
  3. Flowing: Depending on unstoppable streams in real-time for everything
  4. Screening: Turning all surfaces into screens
  5. Accessing: Shifting society from one where we own assets, to one where instead we will have access to services at all times.
  6. Sharing: Collaboration at mass-scale. Kelly writes, “On my imaginary Sharing Meter Index we are still at 2 out of 10.”
  7. Filtering: Harnessing intense personalization in order to anticipate our desires
  8. Remixing: Unbundling existing products into their most primitive parts and then recombine in all possible ways
  9. Interacting: Immersing ourselves inside our computers to maximize their engagement
  10. Tracking: Employing total surveillance for the benefit of citizens and consumers
  11. Questioning: Promoting good questions are far more valuable than good answers
  12. Beginning: Constructing a planetary system connecting all humans and machines into a global matrix

Conveniently from Wikipedia

One of interesting concepts is “cognifying.”  The author compares the process with adding electricity to existing tools and processes years before.  Adding AI to known tasks to make them more effective and efficient will propel many future startups to business success.

“You will be paid in the future based on how well you work with robots.”

This point makes complete sense.  However..  humanity still has not figured out how to work well with fellow humans 🙂

Interesting example – Baxter Robot.  This robot is created to work well with humans and to be trained rather than programmed.  Baxter is more understandable for humans, and designed to sense humans in its surrounding and not to harm them. Baxter is not as a high-precision performer as specialized industrial robots, but it is relatively inexpensive and very flexible.   Would Baxter be our future colleague in decades to come?  For some people it is already a reality. 🙂

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