Toffler tells us that we will be given access to vast electronic databases right from our desks. So far, so good. He then goes on to explain how that will free us from the "lock step regimented" education system and allow children to work at their own pace any time and anywhere they feel like. Well, except for a small subset of the population (homeschoolers), schools are just as regimented as ever. Are you advanced, bored with your dumbed down classes - TOO BAD! sit there with everyone else, because your parents are busy working and there is no one else to take care of you!
Toffler also tells us that we will be overwhelmed with information and that we will be so mobile that we will be constantly breaking relationships and starting new ones. This may be true again for a small subset of jetsetters in the population, but most folks spend their little lives in the same geographic confinds as always. Even the CEOs and other senior executives that I know still live within 100 miles of their childhood homes. The most mobile among us are scientists and engineers in highly specialized fields, but they are a small minority.
In sum, I am sorry to say that the Toffler of 1970, if he had a chance to see into the future 30 years, would have been most shocked by how LITTLE has changed. I remember enjoying this book in the 1970s as I envisioned many of the advances Toffler talks about, and to some extent I have lived that dream more than most people, but today this book only serves to demonstrate how little the human race actually takes advantage of the many and great advances in technology.