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

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Penguin, Jun 7, 2016 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
A New York Times Bestseller

From 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 lives


Much 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.
 

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"Massive tracking and total surveillance is here to stay" (p 5), and this guy insists we should "embrace" it! He loves the takeover of modern societies by many of the worst-ever tech ideas (cloud ... Read full review

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The author describes the 12 "technologies" which are actually more verbs then anything. Learned a lot about some of the abilities we currently have and what's on the horizon. Definitely an interesting ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
29
Section 4
38
Section 5
61
Section 6
85
Section 7
109
Section 8
122
Section 11
165
Section 12
193
Section 13
211
Section 14
237
Section 15
269
Section 16
291
Section 17
299
Section 18
301

Section 9
135
Section 10
139

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About the author (2016)

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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