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Alvin Toffler (1928–2016)

Alvin Toffler was born on October 4, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for The Singularity Is Near (2010), Day at Night (1973) and The Reality of Me (TROM) (2011). He was married to Adelaide Elizabeth Farrell. He died on June 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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I coined the term future shock to describe the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time. Fascinated by this concept, I spent the next five years visiting scores of universities, research centers, laboratories, and government agencies, reading countless articles and scientific papers, and interviewing literally ... See more »


A journalist turned futurist, or speculative sociologist, Toffler invented the term "future shock" to describe "the dizzying disorientation brought on by the premature arrival of the future." His 1970 book, "Future Shoc", was on the bestseller list, in its hardcover edition and later as a Bantam paperback, for a total of 78 weeks. A movie fan and amateur pilot, he also wrote the books "The Third ... See more »

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