- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525428089
- ISBN-13: 978-0525428084
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 236 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future 1st Edition
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Praise for The Inevitable
"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
—Marc Andreessen, co-founder Andreessen Horowitz
About the Author
Kevin Kelly helped launch Wired magazine and was its executive editor for its first seven years. He has written for The New York Times, The Economist, Science, Time, and The Wall Street Journal among many other publications. His previous books include Out of Control, New Rules for the New Economy, Cool Tools, and What Technology Wants. Currently Senior Maverick at Wired, Kelly lives in Pacifica, California.
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What I like about Kevin Kelly is his worldly wisdom. Here is a man in his mid-sixties who still travels and explores new lands, new peoples and new ideas. If ever we need a role-model for lifelong learning, we need look no further.
Kelly outlines twelve domains of the future. None is exhaustively explored, but all are tantalisingly prised open just far enough for the reader to gaze upon the treasures therein. The author invites us to look and to wonder and to dream. He sees technology not as the enemy, but as the key which will free us from baser physical and psychological requirements. Technology beckons us to contemplate the question, "What does it really mean to be human?" For, says Kelly, machines can liberate us from the mundane, setting us free to gaze upon the myriad futures with open hearts and open minds.
If this all sounds "utopian," don't tell Kevin Kelly. He hates that word.
It is undoubtedly true that the world is in need of visionaries who can point us towards desirable and abundant futures. We need permission to dream again. So much of our media and popular discourse is pessimistic. Perhaps we have been too down on ourselves. Kevin Kelly believes so.
I strongly recommend you read The Inevitable. You just might just change your mind about what is to come.
Marcus T Anthony, PhD, author.
The details might change (Vine...) But the hypothesis is that the underlying trend or force, (ephemeral sharing) will have significant implications.
Overall a good stepping stone for getting outside the instant flows, and taking a look ahead.
1) Novices will learn a great deal on what is going on today and face the future with a higher level of confidence
2) Informed audiences will inscribe the snippets and rumors they read/hear every day into one consistent frame of thought
3) Experts will rejoice that Mr. Kelly proposed a common frame of thought with a consistent vocabulary so they can easily communicate with the first two audiences
Out of Control (1994) and What Technology Wants (2010) were two determining works to understand upcoming trends. Kevin Kelly reiterates a success of equal importance with The Inevitable.
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