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Vint Cerf on the prospect of a “digital dark age”

March 21, 2018 | Posted By

The Black Hole of Email

March 15, 2018 | Posted By

One major issue is that everybody uses email, and email creates multiple “black holes” – isolated, locked repositories that email disappears into, never to be seen again, forever outside the reach of people who need it.

Artificial Intelligence, Information Overload, and the Library of the Future

February 22, 2018 | Posted By

Recently I was invited to give a keynote lecture at the XV International Conference on University Libraries in Mexico City last month. The conference was dedicated to the changing role of university libraries, and their place in the United Nations’ “Agenda 2030” program. My lecture, titled “Libraries and Knowledge in the Age of Information Overload”, took a close look at the impact of today’s pervasive state of Information Overload on the academic library, and vice versa. Read more…

Libraries and Knowledge in an Age of Information Overload

December 13, 2017 | Posted By

Last month I gave an invited keynote lecture at the XV International Conference on University Libraries at UNAM, the national university of Mexico. The conference theme was how libraries can face the challenges of the coming years, when infinite knowledge is available to anyone at the swipe of a smartphone screen, and continue to provide value to their users and to society; my keynote was to address the phenomenon of information overload and its repercussions for both libraries and users.

How to communicate in the information overload workplace

October 24, 2016 | Posted By

Information overload is a huge problem in today’s workplace.

It’s not uncommon for office workers to begin their day faced with dozens of new e-mail messages. Supervisors and managers have the additional burden of needing to review equipment spec sheets, read operational updates from staff and have industry magazines and association newsletters to go over.

OLDER AND WISER: Helpful information widely available

October 21, 2016 | Posted By

Have you ever thought or said, “That service is the best kept secret on the North Shore?”

Are you looking for a service for your parent or yourself but are confused about where to start?

Access to information for seniors is crucial. Informed seniors are healthier, more involved in their communities and are knowledgeable about available services and benefits important in maintaining their independence. Knowing what your benefits are after you retire ensures you receive the most income from government sources. Knowing if you qualify for home support for personal care, home care nursing or rehab, palliative care, day programs for adults or respite for caregivers can ensure you receive the critical care you might require as your health needs change.

How Remote Workers Impact Enterprise Collaboration

June 17, 2016 | Posted By

This decade has seen the rise of a more open, collaborative workplace—along with a wealth of both personal and company-provided tech tools to enable employees to thrive in these spaces. That said, many organizations still struggle to ensure that both their space and tech support best contribute to positive productivity, according to a recent survey from Oxford Economics and Plantronics. The resulting report, titled “When the Walls Come Down: How Smart Companies are Rewriting the Rules of the Open Workplace,” indicates that most executives said their office space was designed primarily to encourage collaboration.

Too much information: How to cope with data overload

May 21, 2016 | Posted By

Most companies are better at giving employees access to the information superhighway than at teaching them how to drive. This is starting to change. Management consultants have spotted an opportunity. Derek Dean and Caroline Webb of McKinsey urge businesses to embrace three principles to deal with data overload: find time to focus, filter out noise and forget about work when you can.

For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights

August 27, 2014 | Posted By

Technology revolutions come in measured, sometimes foot-dragging steps. The lab science and marketing enthusiasm tend to underestimate the bottlenecks to progress that must be overcome with hard work and practical engineering.

The Science of Older and Wiser

March 19, 2014 | Posted By

Since ancient times, the elusive concept of wisdom has figured prominently in philosophical and religious texts. The question remains compelling: What is wisdom, and how does it play out in individual lives? Most psychologists agree that if you define wisdom as maintaining positive well-being and kindness in the face of challenges, it is one of the most important qualities one can possess to age successfully — and to face physical decline and death.

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