Kevin Kelly’s fundamental technological forces

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

In The Inevitable, Kevin Kelly presents a dozen fundamental technological forces:

“In this era of ‘becoming,’ everyone becomes a perpetual newbie.”

“The bigger the network, the more attractive it is to new users, which makes it even bigger and thus more attractive, and so on. A cloud that serves AI will obey the same law.”

“We are exploring all the ways to make things out of ceaseless change and shape-shifting processes.”

“People of the book favor solutions by laws, while People of the Screen favor technology as a solution to all problems.”

“As we increase dematerialization, decentralization, simultaneity, platforms, and the cloud — as we increase all those at once, access will continue to displace ownership.”

“[I]t is an emerging design space in which decentralized public coordination can solve problems and create things that neither pure communism nor pure capitalism can.”

“The filters have been watching us for years; they anticipate what we will ask.”

“[The entire global economy] is headed for the inevitability of constant, relentless, and increasing remixing.”

“Computers have been on a steady march toward us.”

“If today’s social media has taught us anything about ourselves as a species, it is that the human impulse to share overwhelms the human impulse for privacy.”

“Our society is moving away from the rigid order of hierarchy toward the fluidity of decentralization.”

“A hundred years ago H. G. Wells imagined this large thing as the world brain.”


  1. Lucklucky says:

    Since when is the cloud decentralization? It is precisely the contrary: centralization.

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