The Inevitable Trends of Tech Progress: A review of Kevin Kelly's new book

What will the world be like in 2046?


Edinburgh Napier University

What technological wonders will the next 30 years bring? Answering that question is the task that Wired senior maverick and co-founding editor Kevin Kelly sets himself in his new book The Inevitable. In his visionary What Technology Wants, Kelly previously argued that technology is becoming in some sense autonomous, and that autonomous technology, or the "technium" in his terminology, "is now as great a force in our world as nature." But you don't have to buy into Kelly's semi-teleological explanations of the trajectory of the modern technological project to recognize that he does a great deal of deep thinking about how technology evolves, and the ideas in his new work about what's to come are also well worth pondering.