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The Inevitable Audiobook

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

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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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    Jonny Manual Japan 07/12/2016
    Jonny Manual Japan 07/12/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Lots of lists?"

    Lots of interesting ideas and observations about the influence of technology on society, and how it will shape our future. I'd recommend anyone who reads this to also read "throwing rocks at the Google bus" by Douglas Rushkoff to dig deeper into the perils represented by the digital economy. Overall, I'm not sure if "The Inevitable" lends well to an audio book. I felt that large chunks of the content seemed to be listed items. Perhaps this wasn't helped by the robotic rendering from the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John B. 17/10/2016
    John B. 17/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Seemed very long"

    Felt like a long listen, that it could have been more succinct. But it still presents interesting and challenging thoughts about how technology could evolve in the future.

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    Amazon Customer 15/10/2016
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    "Exceptional."

    Thoroughly thought through review of current technology trends. Thought provoking, deep analysis and some good predictions given life by the short stories. Highly recommended.

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    RNE247 Yorkshire, UK 08/10/2016
    RNE247 Yorkshire, UK 08/10/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "An eye-opener for everyone"

    Kevin Kelly does an excellent job of connecting the present with the future. Anyone who has an interest in what comes next should grab a copy and read it now!

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    Michael Earley 27/09/2016
    Michael Earley 27/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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.





    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tanveer Raja 21/09/2016
    Tanveer Raja 21/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Enlightening"

    Really well thought out and compelling arguments about the future of technology and humans use of it.

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    Gerbil Glasgow 01/09/2016
    Gerbil Glasgow 01/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A fresh perspective."

    An enjoyable and fresh look at the coming changes in our society. A bit indulgent at times but easy to understand and appreciate.

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  • George J. Peacock
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    01/08/16
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    "Most Important Book I'll Read This Year"

    This book was written at a level where it could be accessible to anyone, and that's perfect, because everyone should read it. I am absolutely blown away by what I've learned, and feel that I'd be very much in the dark moving into the future if I hadn't read it. Technological shifts are about to irreversibly alter the way humanity exists, and Kevin gives a brilliant and informative glimpse into that coming world. Highly recommend.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Zoran
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    22/07/16
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    "You should set your expectations right"

    Kevin Kelly describes his meeting with inventor of hypertext Ted Nelson. He talks about Nelson's convoluted sketches of hypertext and with even some irony telling how nobody even dreamed off what will it become and what will be driving force of the web.

    I think that this book should be treated the same... Kevin Kelly gives some convoluted sketches of future development and hypotheses on directions and driving forces and try to imagine how all that will look like but most probably from distance of 20-30 years we will look at those hypothesis and say wow that was a wild guess and it was so wrong but still there was something.

    Just for the sake that there might be something I give 5 stars, performance is also excellent but overall still 4 stars for the frustrations of oversimplifying some things pr omitting important moments.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
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    "Clever bloke"

    No single person can reliably predict the future.

    If you review past predictions about the present, they are always massively wrong, with a few tid-bits of accuracy. Some things are obvious: the population will increase, technology will improve, etc., but there are always events, ideas, developments and emergent properties that no single person’s brain is likely to be able to predict (a panel of experts wouldn’t do much better either).

    What’s good about this book is that the author outlines the general trends and directions in which the future is likely to develop – from a technological perspective that is – so this book talks a lot about what will happen to the internet, along with many other technological subjects like robots and artificial intelligence. He classifies this into several themes: ‘flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking and questioning’ and then discusses each of these in turn. Actually, now I come to think about it, the book is really about the future of INFORMATION technology rather than the future of technology in general.

    Because the focus is mostly on information technology rather than on wider geopolitical, social or environmental issues, he doesn’t really make an attempt to predict what will happen regarding major problems affecting the future of humanity and the planet: population growth, poverty, global warming, pollution, loss of biodiversity, warfare, space exploration etc., but he does present a well-reasoned, imaginative and entertaining discussion of how the future of information technology might develop. I enjoyed it.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Katy, Tx United States
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    "Interesting but not Arresting"

    The concept of the book is solid. And it is written well. I got the impression that the author might have been stretching for material as opposed to stretching to get to all the material. This book attempts to bring into focus trends, not technologies. I wish the author had done it with fewer words. But I also cannot deny that the lengths he went to to make the case for the trends he argues for is comprehensive and compelling.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    04/08/16
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    "The Future Has Arrived"

    This book is an interesting highlight on the future of technology and society. The chapters provide an exciting and detailed look into how humans will change the way they think alongside evolving technology.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    BALTIMORE, MD, United States
    09/06/16
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    "12 trends thought of in new ways"

    I really liked this book. It introduced a lot of good ideas and brings a lot of new ways of looking at things, for example, have you ever thought of gross domestic mass? and how that number had been changing, and what that might mean? Kevin has and gives an interesting analysis in a small part of the book.

    at times, the book felt to technical, but it moves pay it in every case.

    I recommend it, our new world of 2046 will need need ways to think and see it, better start now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • EMDoc
    14/06/16
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    "Not worth the time"

    This book is incredibly general and really written for an audience with minimal involvement in technology. The first and last chapters are the only ones with substance and are rehashing of ideas in Kelly's prior book: "What technology wants". Just listen to that book and be done.

    20 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Valeriy R.
    08/06/16
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    "Worth it's weight in gold"

    Has tons of very interesting and incredibly useful information! It's like if somebody in early 90's wrote a book, about how powerful e-commerce, social networks, user generated videos, crowdfunding, etc. are going to be.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Dingle
    26/06/16
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    "Like listening to one long list after another"

    There were several interesting ideas in the book. However, I was expecting more of a Malcolm Gladwell type of writing and felt like I got one long list after another of where screens will exist in the future as an example.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • seven trace
    Alexandria, VA
    19/06/16
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    "meh"

    Repetitious and a bit banal. listen to his interviews...engaging guy, but book while interesting was a bit lacking.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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