Accelerating to the future

  @FortuneMagazine September 19, 2013: 9:13 AM ET
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In the early 1970s, when I was in junior high school, I read Alvin Toffler's Future Shock, which left a lasting impression on me. Toffler's main point was that the world was going through wrenching change from an industrial to a postindustrial or technological society.

Decades later the book holds up well, from that central argument to myriad ancillary points, including the one that I latched on to, which is that this rate of change is accelerating. In other words, if you think the world is transforming fast now, just wait; soon it'll be happening faster.

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