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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Recent Examples on the Web Existing government measures are hand-to-mouth efforts that do little or nothing to strengthen resilience to current and future shocks. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Guy Standing on how lockdowns make the case for a basic income," 20 May 2020 Picking up the pieces after the crisis, Japan Inc. looked to offshore its production at a faster pace and build up bigger reserves to protect itself against future shocks. Toru Fujioka, Bloomberg.com, "Japan’s Abe Will Likely Add to Record $555 Billion Stimulus," 8 May 2020 If people of color continue to face barriers to economic security and wellbeing, our economy will always be fragile to future shocks. Tracey Ross, Essence, "For Black People, The Country Returning ‘Back To Normal’ Is Not Good Enough," 27 Apr. 2020 Between now and then, companies caught flat-footed should begin making fundamental changes now to prepare their supply chains for future shocks, writes John Chambers, the former CEO of Cisco Systems and founder of JC2 Ventures, in Fortune. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Could OPEC+’s oil production pact prove an Easter present for the markets?," 13 Apr. 2020 Tax payments have piled up as insurance against future shocks, such as harsher sanctions or even lower oil prices. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Pessimistic Outlook in Russia Slows Investment, and the Economy," 18 Feb. 2020 Its financial cushions to absorb future shocks are threadbare. New York Times, "The Money Behind Trump’s Money," 4 Feb. 2020 Year-end is the traditional time to forecast the economy and ensure that your investment portfolio can handle future shocks. Burton G. Malkiel And Atanu Saha, WSJ, "Will Recession Strike in 2020?," 30 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of future shock

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Future shock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/future%20shock. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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