by Benjamin J. Butler
Less than a month ago the great futurist Alvin Toffler passed away. The phenomena of Future Shock, which he wrote about, is very much accelerating now.
Simply speaking, complex systems can exist in one of three states: stable, oscillating and chaos. The social system that I shall call “humanity” has evidently passed some tipping point into chaos. Arguably this is being driven by greater numbers of people, greater connections between people (urbanization and the internet age) and rising speeds.