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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

About the Author

Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired Magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. He is editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors a month. 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. He is the author of Cool Tools, What Technology Wants, New Rules for the New Economy, and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, Harpers, GQ, and Esquire. He lives in Pacifica, California.

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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 1 for future results of tech, 5 for present analysis
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inevitable - really? The future is spam.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Predictions of how software and hardware will connect the world
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conceptual framework for thinking about the future
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid run through of future likelihoods
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5.0 out of 5 stars Took me enjoyably out of my comfort zone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don’t forget your converse
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I’ve ever read
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4.0 out of 5 stars A reference book for the future
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good insight into future technology trends
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
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