Alvin Toffler predicted that the Internet will permeate everything, Prozac use will be rampant, YouTube, cloning, self-induced paralysis of too many choices, instant celebrities, ……..

………….. and the end of blue-collar manufacturing .

ALL OF THIS IN 1970!!!  His article FUTURE SHOCK made him one of the foremost futurists in the world. He even coined the term “Information Overload”. He didn’t get all the predictions right. If Toffler’s predictions were to come true then the cartoon “Jetsons” would be an accurate description of the city infrastructure and mode of travel and we would live in Atlantis (yup as in the underwater city of myth)

A few Tofflerisms:

  • “Change is not merely necessary to life — it is life.”
  • “Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.

Did you know that Alvin Toffler’s wife Heidi Toffler was the person who said “Change is the only constant” . We seem to use that one quite often without knowing that in 1970 there were people who had enough foresight to predict the state of the world we live in. We are the generation that was predicted in “Future Shock”.

 

This post is dedicated to Karthik. I miss our conversations dude ….everything from the regular to the bizzare…. after a night of drinking and helping you pack for your great migration to Uncle Sam’s home I dont know how we got talking about Alvin Toffler.

 

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