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The Inevitable

Notes and Highlights from 'The Inevitable' by Kevin Kelly

May 06, 2017

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The 12 technological forces that will shape our future

  1. Becoming
  2. Cognifying
  3. Flowing
  4. Screening
  5. Accessing
  6. Sharing
  7. Filtering
  8. Remixing
  9. Interacting
  10. Tracking
  11. Questioning
  12. Beginning

The 4 kinds of jobs

  1. Jobs that humans can do but robots can do better.
  2. Jobs that humans can't do but robots can.
  3. Jobs we didn't even know we wanted done or that we couldn't imagine.
  4. Jobs only humans can do (for now...).

The 7 stages of robot replacement

  1. A robot can't do what I do.
  2. OK, it can do it but it can't do everything I do.
  3. OK, it can do everything I do, but I still need to fix it.
  4. OK, but I still have to train it to do new things.
  5. OK, it can have my job.
  6. Wow, now that robots do my job I can focus on doing more interesting things (my note: although some people won't know what to do and will end up permanently unemployed).
  7. I'm glad a robot can't do what I'm doing now (back to #2).

What will our job be?

Our main job is to re-discover what should humans do, and keep creating jobs for robots.


As everything can be copied or produced cheaply, and the cost of everything trends to ZERO, what is scarce and valuable? TRUST.

Drivers of value in the next 30 years


As our options multiply, we need a way to know what is good. Some filtering mechanisms:

Some new filters: algorithms and recommendation engines (the danger is that they filter based on what you already like). These filters need to improve to expose you to new things, some of which you don't know you will like.


The 24 ways our lives are being tracked every day:


When answers are free or easy, the real value is in asking good questions.

A good question:

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