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Technology feeds on itself.  Technology makes more technology possible.
  —  Alvin Toffler
From his book:  “Future Shock
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We will only keep people from fleeing the countryside into urban favelas, villas miseries, shantytowns and squatter villages when the productivity gap is closed between what brute labor on the soil can accomplish and what advanced technology makes possible today – and will make possible tomorrow.
  —   Alvin Toffler
From his book:  “Future Shock
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The American middle class is shrinking and it’s technology that’s causing it.  It’s not all bad.  The gains in efficiency begotten by automation have been great for productivity.  And productivity means progress.  It always has.  Since the Industrial Revolution began around 1760, new technologies have been stealing jobs, and since 1760, people have responded by finding or inventing new jobs that contemporary technologies couldn’t do.
It’s a good system — in the long term, everyone benefits from technological progress, and while the workers losing their jobs in the interim might feel a bit miffed, people have always found a way to bounce back into an ever-adapting economy.  Besides, if machines can do something better than people can, it would be senseless to ignore such utility and hold back progress for fear of a few temporarily lost jobs.
Unfortunately for today’s average worker, finding or inventing a new job is harder than it once was.  When economists look back, they see that it was around 1999 when something changed.  Productivity kept going up, but where in the past median household income and employment per capita would have also hitched along, they instead diverged.  Median household income is on a steep decline, employment isn’t bouncing back strongly after the Great Recession, and a greater percentage of Americans now identify themselves as “lower class” than at any point in history.
   —  Colin Wood
[From the article: “The Uncertain Future Of Work” appearing in the magazine “Government Technology“, April 2014.
The article can be found online at: http://www.govtech.com/products/Robots-Drones-and-the-Uncertain-Future-of-Work.html
And, no, I don’t believe technology is “causing” it (the shrinking of the American middle class).  Greed and an economic system which has corrupted the political system and which is debasing the educational system is the “cause”.  But, hey, I’m just a liberal democrat, so what do I know…  Right?   —  KMAB]
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You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
  —  Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
[And Happy Birthday to my sister, Carmen!  It’s a special one, which will go unstated for the rest of the world!!  Inshallah, there will be many more to come…   Love, Kevin  —  KMAB]
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For the first time, we have an index of change.  If you’ve had many changes in your life within a short time, this places a great challenge on your body…  An enormous number of changes within a short period might overwhelm its coping mechanisms.
It is clear that there is a connection between the body’s defenses and the demands for change that society imposes.  We are in a continuous dynamic equilibrium…  Various ‘noxious’ elements, both internal and external, are always present, always seeking to explode into disease.  For example, certain viruses live in the body and cause disease only when the defenses of the body wear down.  There may well be generalized body defense systems that prove inadequate to cope with the flood of demands for change that come pulsing through the nervous and endocrine systems.
 —  Commander Ransom J. Arthur
Former head of the U.S. Navy Medical Neuropsychiatric Research Unit at San Diego
(quoted by Alvin Toffler in his book: “Future Shock“)
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The control of knowledge is the crux of tomorrow’s worldwide struggle for power in every human institution.
  —  Alvin Toffler
From his book:  “Future Shock
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It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.
  —  Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
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Perhaps the greatest cost of wave conflict in America will be paid by the millions of children currently compulsorily enrolled in schools that are attempting to prepare them – and not very successfully at that – for jobs that won’t exist.  Call that stealing the future.
  —  Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
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We cannot say whether the emerging world will be mostly “good” or mostly “evil” because the very definitions of these terms will change, and it is not we, but our children and their children who will do the judging, according to their own values.
  —  Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
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Science fiction is held in low regard as a branch of literature, and perhaps it deserves this critical contempt.  But if we view it as a kind of sociology of the future, rather than as literature, science fiction has immense value as a mind-stretching force for the creation of the habit of anticipation.  Our children should be studying Arthur C. Clarke, William Tenn, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury and Robert Sheckley, not because these writers can tell them about rocket ships and time machines but, more important, because they can lead young minds through an imaginative exploration of the jungle of political, social, psychological, and ethical issues that will confront these children as adults.
 —  Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
[I would add they should be read because they are (were) great writers!  —  KMAB]
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You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.
  —  Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
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To survive, to avert what we have termed future shock, the individual must become infinitely more adaptable and capable than ever before.  We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves, for all the old roots – religion, nation, community, family, or profession – are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust.  It is no longer resources that limit decisions, it is the decision that makes the resources.
  —   Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
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The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read.  It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
   —    Alvin Toffler
From his book:  “Future Shock
[The question is how do we inculcate an inquisitive mind so it will keep wanting to learn.   —   KMAB]
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Man has a limited biological capacity for change.  When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.
  —   Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
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Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.
  —    Alvin Toffler
From his book:  “Future Shock
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Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.
  ―    Alvin Toffler
From his book: “Future Shock
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