Wired magazine editor Kevin Kelly has a new book: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.
“Technology is human’s accelerant,” says Kelly. We are moving in a state of continuous flux, with products becoming services and processes, and even nouns becoming verbs. “These forces are trajectories, not destinies. They offer no predictions of where we end up,” he explains. It is up to us to recognize and reorganize ourselves around these forces.
What are the forces?
Becoming, Cognifying, Flowing, Screening, Accessing, Sharing, Filtering Remixing, Interacting, Tracking, Questioning, and Beginning.
Here are additional perspectives on technology:
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
– Buckminster Fuller
Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.
– Patti Smith
First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII — and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we’ve realized it’s a brochure.
– Douglas Adams
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
– Pablo Picasso
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
– Alduous Huxley