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The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by [Kevin Kelly]
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"A quintessential work of technological futurism . . . what's valuable about The Inevitable, from a business perspective, is less what it says about how to innovate, and more what it says about where to innovate." - James Surowiecki, strategy + business, "Best Business Books 2017 - Innovation"

Anyone can claim to be a prophet, a fortune teller, or a futurist, and plenty of people do. What makes Kevin Kelly different is that he's right. In this book, you're swept along by his clear prose and unassailable arguments until it finally hits you: The technological, cultural, and societal changes he's foreseeing really are inevitable. It's like having a crystal ball, only without the risk of shattering.
--David Pogue, Yahoo Tech

This book offers profound insight into what happens (soon!) when intelligence flows as easily into objects as electricity.
--Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail

"How will the future be made? Kevin Kelly argues that the sequence of events ensuing from technical innovation has its own momentum . . . and that our best strategy is to understand and embrace it. Whether you find this prospect wonderful or terrifying, you will want to read this extremely thought-provoking book."
--Brian Eno, musician and composer

Kevin Kelly has been predicting our technological future with uncanny prescience for years. Now he's given us a glimpse of how the next three decades will unfold with The Inevitable, a book jam-packed with insight, ideas, and optimism.
--Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One

As exhilarating as the most outlandish science fiction novel, but based on very real trends. Kevin Kelly is the perfect tour guide for this life-changing future.
--Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing

Creating a fictional future is easy; Kevin Kelly makes a habit of doing the difficult by showing us where we're actually going. The Inevitable is an eye-opening roadmap for what lies ahead. Science fiction is on its way to becoming science fact.
--Hugh Howey, author of Wool

"Automatic must-read."
--Marc Andreessen, co-founder Andreessen Horowitz --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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The New York Times bestseller-a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B016JPTOUG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books; Reprint edition (7 June 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1212 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 334 pages
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Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor for its first seven years. He is also founding editor and co-publisher of the popular Cool Tools website, which has been reviewing tools daily since 2003. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. His books include the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy, the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control, a graphic novel about robots and angels, The Silver Cord, an oversize catalog of the best of Cool Tools, and his summary theory of technology in What Technology Wants (2010). His new book for Viking/Penguin is The Inevitable, which is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, good stories, a few missed opportunities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but the author lives in a tech elite bubble.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inevitable - really? The future is spam.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 1 for future results of tech, 5 for present analysis
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