Alvin Toffler is a Futurologist who captivated millions of readers with his futuristic writing and profound forecasts on the rise of the internet, money, crime, drugs and much more.
Alvin Toffler is considered a futurologist guru and is most remembered for his books such as Future Shock, The Third Wave, and Power Shift had captivated the attention of global figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev a Soviet leader, Zhao Ziyang Chinese Prime Minister, and Carlos Slim a Mexican Businessman.
The term information overload was popularized by Alvin Toffler, in most of his books Mr Toffler synthesized disparate of facts from corners of the globe, he highlighted the convergence of science, capital and communication was changing so rapidly that it was creating an altogether new society.
We’ll see what all future predictions M. Toffler got correct and which are still relevant in today’s era.
Alvin Toffler: Rise of the Internet and Cable Television
Though the book seems to be obsolete these days, Mr. Toffler had predicted a knowledge-based economy that would eclipse the post-industrial age, shifting from labor and manufacturing to information and data.
As quoted in the book, ” The 21st century illiterate will not be those who could read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” Mr. Toffler wrote in one of his observations.
The spread of media, online chatrooms, and technology which reminds a person of his own appointments were forecasted by him.
“Advanced technology and information systems make it possible for much of the work of society to be done at home via computer-telecommunication hookups.” He wrote in one of his books.
Cloning and Genetic Engineering
The predictions of Mr. Toffler stated that” a woman would be able to buy a tiny embryo, take it to a doctor and have it implanted in her uterus, and then give birth as it has been conceived through her own body.”
According to Mr. Toffer,” futuristic babies will have superhuman vision and hearing capacities” at the moment these predictions seems to bit outlandish but some of his predictions became real.
In the digital of the proliferation of online marketing, and shared economies Mr. Toffler’s thought on consumerism as a global trend are true.“People of the future may suffer not from the absence of choice but from a paralyzing surfeit of it.”
The term Prosumer, Mr. Toffler predicted the emergence of producer and consumer, or the trend of doing it yourself, in each aspect of life.