Read: August 2020

Inspiration: What are the key trends in technology to track in the coming decades?


Written with the help of ChatGPT, below is a brief summary to understand what is covered in the book.

“The Inevitable”, published in 2017 by author and futurist Kevin Kelly, discusses the ways in which technology is shaping the future and how it will impact society. He argues that certain technological trends are inevitable and will have a profound impact on many aspects of our lives, including work, leisure, and relationships. The book is divided into several chapters, each of which looks at a different aspect of the future and how it will be impacted by technology. Some of the topics covered in the book include the rise of artificial intelligence, the increasing interconnectedness of the world, and the impact of technology on the economy and employment. Throughout the book, Kelly provides an in-depth look at the trends that are shaping the future and offers insights into how we can prepare for and adapt to them. Overall, “The Inevitable” is a thought-provoking and informative look at the future of technology and its impact on society.

Unedited Notes

Direct from my original book log, below are my unedited notes (abbreviations and misspellings included) to show how I take notes as I read.

Value in future is adding AI to everything, value of AI is to think like humans can’t think instead of just thinking like humans but faster, discoverability is true value of Amazon (accumulation of reviews, ease of finding what want and will like), networked books connected through screens with links to other books/media, no longer isolated reading, attention is the most valuable commodity (finite due to time, how much is hour of attention worth for media), personalization means filtering which has pros and cons, video/movie next to include hyperlinking (Google AI recognize objects in video so can search for scenes/visuals and no longer limited to text search), existing surveillance is asymmetric and one sided which is why viewed poorly, coveillance tracking is future and will be accepted b/c two-sided mutual vigilance, instant informational environment leads to act on thoughts/questions and less contemplation (immediately go to find answers), historians will look back at early 2000s as first time humans linked themselves together into one very large thing that would continue to grow (birth of connectivity), access > ownership (paradigm shift)

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