Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.
In describing today's accelerating changes, the media fire blips of unrelated information at us. Experts bury us under mountains of narrowly specialized monographs. Popular forecasters present lists of unrelated trends, without any model to show us their interconnections or the forces likely to reverse them. As a result, change itself comes to be seen as anarchic, even lunatic.
The American attitude toward the arts has completed a 180-degree turn since the end of World War II. From one of apathy, indifference, and even hostility, it has become one of eager, if sometimes ignorant, enthusiasm.
... in the world of the future, the new illiterate will be the person who has not learned how to learn.
The future arrives too soon and in the wrong order
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.
The illiterate of the future are not those that cannot read or write. They are those that can not learn, unlearn, relearn.
To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
We are creating every day our own horrid future. We shall have to do something about our environmental conditions. They are stifling us. Soon they will strangle us all.
The great growling engine of change - technology.
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.
One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition.
Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise - bureaucrats.
Profits, like sausages... are esteemed most by those who know least about what goes into them.
You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.
The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I'm talking about an organic computer - about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.
Change is not merely necessary to life - it is life.
Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
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.
The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.
Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.
Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate.
Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.
It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.
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