Tag Archive: futurist

The Speed of Convergence

I suppose I am somewhat of a social determinist.  I believe in technology.  I’d like to believe that I am tech savvy.

Technology, like most elements in life, lives in a symbiotic relationship with other elements of the universe.  So where there is change there is often confusion; and where there is positive change there also exist the chance of unforeseen consequence.  So I tell myself, and I try to teach my students, Continue reading

Alvin Toffler Meets Ray Kurzweil

Two late middle aged men are waiting for a train at Beverly Farms station on Boston’s North Shore. One of the men is wearing earbuds and holding an I-pod.  His name is Ray Kurzweil, and he is singing along to a song by R.E.M. “It’s the end of the world as we know it, the end of the world as we know it, the end of the worlds as we know it – – and I feel fine. . . ”

“Not for long . . . ” the other man says.  He is Alvin Toffler, futurist and writer of Future Shock.

“What do you mean?”

“There’s a great shock coming to our culture.  It’s the era of transience.  The shortening of the Man- Thing relationship.  The things in our live once had permanence.  A stone hammer, a good axe.  These things lasted.  Now everything is disposable.” Continue reading