Was a term coined by futurist Alvin Toffler
, in his book The Third Wave
). He created the term when he discussed the potential for radical societal change, due to the advent of the networked PC
. He thought that society would be made stronger as people moved to working at home
instead of at an office
. He was describing what would later be called "telecommuting
He used the word "cottage", because it had been used before in a parallel way at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. During that time of technological advancement, women and their children often worked out of the home and spawned "cottage industries".