Future Shock , anxiously surveys hundreds of technological, economic and social dev"/>
 

Revolutionary Wealth: How It Will Be Created and How It Will Change Our Lives

Alvin Toffler, Author, Heidi Toffler, Author
Alvin Toffler, Author, Heidi Toffler, Author . Knopf $27.95 (492p) ISBN 978-0-375-40174-9
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This latest futurist forecast by the Tofflers, the husband-and-wife authors of Future Shock , anxiously surveys hundreds of technological, economic and social developments, including globalization, the rise of China, the decay of Europe, the decline of nuclear families, kids today, satellites, genetic engineering, alternative energy sources, frequent-flyer miles, the Internet and the rise of a new economic group, "prosumers" (those who create goods and services "for [their] own use or satisfaction, rather than for sale or exchange"). Above all, the authors note the ever-accelerating speed and transience of all things such that nanoseconds are now too slow and will be replaced by even zippier "zeptoseconds." The Tofflers try, none too incisively, to order the chaos by invoking the "deep fundamentals" of time, space and the cutting-edge "knowledge economy" that is fast outdistancing obsolete industrial-era government institutions. The Tofflers' mantra of "revolutionary wealth" implies that there's money to be made from the maelstrom, but their specific prognostications—the "explosion" of a nonmonetary "prosumer" economy of family care, hobbies and volunteerism; embedded "pinky chips" combining ID and credit cards; the comeback of barter—seem underwhelming or unlikely. 200,000 first printing (May 2)

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