The Inevitable

The Inevitable

Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

eBook - 2016
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A New York Times BestsellerFrom one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our livesMuch of what will happen in the next thirty 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—interacting, cognifying, 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2016.
ISBN: 9780698183650
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jul 31, 2017

Very good book. The reviewer who called Kelly "the guy who consistently gets it wrong" gave no examples. Probably because Kelly's been getting it right for years. Check his website, 232 reviews at, for an average of 4 1/2 stars, out of a possible 5. Reviews quoted there by David Pogue and Brian Eno are extremely positive.

Aug 31, 2016

This book may be eye-opening if you have ignored things like smartphones, google, uber, and machine learning since 1999.

Jul 10, 2016

In the description: // From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers . . . \\
Now why would anyone describe a chronic loser like Kelly in this manner - - the guy who consistently gets it wrong?


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