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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 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.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0525428089
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking; 1st edition (June 7, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780525428084
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0525428084
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.18 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Technological life in the future will be a series of endless upgrades.
By DES on October 3, 2020
Writing about the future is better than writing about the past. We rarely hold predictions accountable for accuracy. In fact, this book begins with a discussion of how wrong everyone was in making predictions of how the Internet would develop. And yet, author Kevin Kelly is trying to predict how life will be in 2046 and beyond.

“The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future” is loosely based on looking at past technological developments and projecting them into the future. Some of them are pretty bland, “This is not a race against the machines. If we race against them, we lose. This is a race with the machines. You’ll be paid in the future based on how well you work with robots.”

One of Kelly’s main themes is that technology evolves on its own and the book ends with a somewhat bizarre prediction of how knowledge will be amassed.

I was expecting more from this book. I was hoping that his 10 forces would be better grounded in past developments rather than predictions from the author’s imagination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, good stories, a few missed opportunities.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 23, 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but the author lives in a tech elite bubble.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2016
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing in scope and delivery
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Jillian Florence
3.0 out of 5 stars Inevitable - really? The future is spam.
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Czechboy
3.0 out of 5 stars 1 for future results of tech, 5 for present analysis
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