future shock


Definition of future shock

: the physical and psychological distress suffered by one who is unable to cope with the rapidity of social and technological changes

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His proposals include a substantial common budget to protect the eurozone against future shocks, as well as a European Intelligence Agency and an agency for disruptive innovation focusing on developments digital technology. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "Macron, Merkel Show Unity on Defense and Security," 18 Nov. 2018 To help assuage the Luddites among us, automakers are gradually phasing in autonomous features that make our commute feel like time regained, but the real cushioning of future shock comes in the form of coddling driver-assistance tech. Kevin Sintumuang, Esquire, "The New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Might Be a Better Driver Than You," 20 Oct. 2017

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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