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Publisher's Summary

From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the 12 technological imperatives that will shape the next 30 years and transform our lives.

Much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives - from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture - can be understood as the result of a few long-term accelerating forces. Kelly both describes these deep trends - flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking, and questioning - and demonstrates how they overlap and are codependent on one another. These larger forces will completely revolutionize the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other. By understanding and embracing them, says Kelly, it will be easier for us to remain on top of the coming wave of changes and to arrange our day-to-day relationships with technology in ways that bring forth maximum benefits.

Kelly's bright, hopeful book will be indispensable to anyone who seeks guidance on where their business, industry, or life is heading - what to invent, where to work, in what to invest, how to better reach customers, and what to begin to put into place - as this new world emerges.

©2016 Kevin Kelly (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Good picture of future tech

The authors knowledge of future tech is ourstanding. However, his libertarian premis and viewpoint limits his understanding of potential applications to primarily market based applications which is exceptionally disappointing, especially as he mentions how surprised he is at how successful more socially oriented applications have been. Such surprises would suggest that he needs to re-evaluate his world view and delve deeper into social psychology to get a more detailed vision of how tech and humans will interact in the future.

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mindblow

This book absolutely blew my monkey mind.
I highly recommend for all types of people

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Eye opening

I personally found chapters 2 and 11 resonate with me.

The book talks about the next 30 years and where we are going.

It’s very abstract as such there are no tangable actions one can and should do now. It’s a precursor to something tangable I believe.

I really liked how this books identifies and discusses novelty to commodity, any euntrepemures dream.

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An eye-opening peek into our future

An engaging and entertaining tale which extrapolates from where we are now to where we are headed. My conclusion: What a time to be alive!

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Not bad if you like babies

What did you like most about The Inevitable?

It's OK in a way that makes you doubt everything you have done for your child up to the point of listing to this book.
Now I have reservations about everything and have concerns that "lil baby" will grow up to be a fiend.

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Thought I was a switched on futurist.

Kevin has just expanded my view exponentially and filled in gaps I didn't know existed. Great work ??

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exceptional in every way! essential reading

essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the last 30 years and the next 100 years. Exceptionally well written with very erudite and exceptionally compelling

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  • Australia
  • 03-02-2017

Loved it

Inspiring and motivating to share ideas with my team of how we can stay ahead by embracing the technology projections right now in our industry.

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Really enjoyed it

The book gave me new insights about things I haven't really thought about before. Great for understanding emerging trends and the direction technology is taking us.

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Very interesting

Topics covered were done well and certainly interesting. Author has a lot of knowledge and experience in the field

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  • 22-08-2017

Unimaginative and unrelentingly tedious

The future, told at great length as seen through the narrow squint of a silicon valley tech optimist. Forget genetics, economics, cheap solar power, climate change, politics, developing countries, religion, poverty...
The book starts by saying that the future is complex and wildly unpredictable. Then predicts a future based on tech startups producing better faster computers, better AI and better screens and more joined up versions of what we have now.
It feels like one of those old General Electric World of Tomorrow films, but produced by Google or Facebook.
I don't know what the future holds, but I know it will be a lot more interesting than this.

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  • ChrisAdair
  • 18-03-2017

Most Prophetic

There is a lot packed into this book
Its dense , and the narrator handled the content well, all be it in erring towards robotic away from melodic.

But it suited the nature of the book
There is a lot in here that really meets the title of the inevitable.

Its a great step forwards to understanding todays emerging connected society and big data and how and why things are changing as they are.
Well worth the time to listen.

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  • Michael Earley
  • 27-09-2016

Good book but...

Short and sweet on this one. This book is very informative and contains a lot of info. But KK's writing style is very repetitive. He makes the same points over and over again. Didn't need to be over 11 hours.

Lots of good info, and he certainly knows what he's talking about, but I couldn't say that I enjoyed it... it was more like a workout. But maybe that's what he was going for.





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  • ralph behnke
  • 31-05-2018

A compelling and exciting story of our time.

Not quite a crystal ball but a lucid framework for us to imagine what the next 30 years may have in store for us.

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  • B. Kelly
  • 10-01-2018

Comprehensive model of the future

Great book covering all current digital trends and projecting them to the year 2050. Optimistic and inspiring.

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  • Julia Bonner
  • 12-12-2017

Very Dry. Very Tedious. Just Dull.

Not insightful or engaging at all. Completing it felt like a marathon but was utterly unrewarding.

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  • Bruno
  • 03-10-2017

Good but confusing as audiobook

The author frequently mixes present and future, making the narrative hard to follow. Overall it’s a really interesting reflection on the future and well worth your time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-08-2017

Interesting

Slow to get started but interesting. There is a lot useful ideas in this book about thinking about change and future innovations

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-2017

Interesting themes, terrible narrator

Would you try another book written by Kevin Kelly or narrated by George Newbern?

Would try a book by Kevin Kellya as interesting themes although I didn't think the book was well written.
Narration was terrible

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of George Newbern?

I don't know but I didn't like his voice.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2017

Disappointing

No original insights. Just an interminable tirade of vacuous truisms. This should have been 1 hour long.