Technology Will Take on a Life of Its Own

Welcome to the Hybrid Age.

BY AYESHA KHANNA, PARAG KHANNA

It was the double date we had looked forward to more than any other. Just before sunset on a hot August day in Los Angeles, we sat in a nearly empty hotel restaurant awaiting the arrival of one of the most influential husband-and-wife intellectual teams in history: Alvin and Heidi Toffler.

They may be octogenarians now, but pick up a copy of the Tofflers’ most famous books — Future Shock (1970) and The Third Wave (1980) — and you will quickly wonder why anyone bothers to write the redundant meta social and political commentaries that drown us today. These books, written when we were children, contain such stunning and prescient insights, encapsulated in elegant yet racing prose, that they ought to be essential reading four decades onward. Indeed, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking they had just been published this year.

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