The Inevitable

  • by Kevin Kelly
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.





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- Michael Earley

Bringing many thoughts into one place

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Would definitely recommend this book. It brings many concepts that a lot of futurists predict may happen and build on them so much so that they merge together.


What did you like best about this story?

Enables people to think about the future with a clearer mind, and come up with ideas so we can have an opportunity to play a major part in it.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was best to listen to this in stages so you can digest the writers thoughts one step at a time.


Any additional comments?

This book does not make clear timelines or invention predictions, such as a flying cars will be in use in 2040 ect. but touches on the atmosphere and culture of the future.

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- Ace Ken

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio