Reducing Information Pollution
We love to complain about the amount of email we receive, and maybe the problem is that it’s just too easy to send an email now—a few taps on a smartphone is all it takes. But back in 1984, it required some serious dedication.
This local TV relic from the UK shows just how much more complicated it was to send an email thirty-two years ago, using the Prestel system.
A lot has been written about how Silicon Valley, the global capital of startups and technology differs from the rest of the world. In this post we’ll use Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and San Francisco interchangeably. There’s more venture capital activity in Silicon Valley than anywhere else in the world and both the name and place are synonymous with innovation.
For thousands of years humans believed that authority came from the gods. Then, during the modern era, humanism gradually shifted authority from deities to people. Jean-Jacques Rousseau summed up this revolution in Emile, his 1762 treatise on education. When looking for the rules of conduct in life, Rousseau found them “in the depths of my heart, traced by nature in characters which nothing can efface. I need only consult myself with regard to what I wish to do; what I feel to be good is good, what I feel to be bad is bad.” Humanist thinkers such as Rousseau convinced us that our own feelings and desires were the ultimate source of meaning, and that our free will was, therefore, the highest authority of all.
This week, though, the NY Post declared that though all the media attention on millennials makes it look like they’re the World’s Most Fascinating Generation, they are really very boring. Oh well!
The name Gordon Bell has become synonymous with lifelogging. Bell is the legendary engineer and researcher emeritus who recently retired from Microsoft. Bell started wearing a camera around his neck in 2000. But not just any camera. He wore an automated one that took pictures every 30 seconds. He was the main subject in a long-term experiment called the MyLifeBits project while a principal researcher at Microsoft.
We have previously discussed the tremendous potential that arises when more than one billion minds are interconnected. The first wave of that transformation has come to fruition, enabling the interaction of knowledge entrepreneurs from all over the world via one-to-one and one-to-many communication channels such as voice, video, voicemail, e-mail, SMS, live chat and the like.
Although computer ubiquity is generally perceived in a positive light giving students continual access to the global community, there are some disadvantages that our Digital Native generation experiences. If DNs are continually surrounded by gadgets and computers how are they going to learn the importance of reflecting on issues? How will they learn to look for information anywhere beyond regular search engines like Google? (ie: libraries, interviewing others, etc.)