Reducing Information Pollution
The causes of Information Overload are always tightly intertwined with organizational culture, so it is small wonder that solving the first requires messing with the second.
Here’s a figure to boggle the mind: we consume about 74 gigabytes — nine DVDs worth — of data every day. It’s amazing we’re able to process and make sense of it all. So how do you think straight in the age of information overload?
“Information overload refers to the notion that we’re trying to take in more than the brain can handle,” says neuroscientist and psychologist Daniel Levitin.
Benjamin Balk, the general manager of product and marketing at SAI Global, suggested the legal market was becoming increasingly complex, meaning manual information-gathering processes could overlook crucial data.
“The internet age has also seen a dramatic increase in the amount of information available. Now, there’s almost too much information,” he said.
We make a huge number of decisions every day. When it comes to eating, for example, we make 200 more decisions than we’re consciously aware of every day. How is this possible? Because, as Daniel Kahneman has explained, while we’d like to think our decisions are rational, in fact many are driven by gut feel and intuition. The ability to reach a decision based on what we know and what we expect is an inherently human characteristic.
Founded in 1991, Noorderlicht is one of the more experienced heads of the European photography scene. The Dutch festival has a decidedly ‘current’ scope, aiming to address social discussions and processes as they play out. Growing out of the Noorderlicht Photogallery in Groningen, for the festival, “photography is a socially inspired medium” and this year’s main theme is as rich as it is relevant: ‘Data Rush.’
Information overload can cause even the most tech-savvy tweeter to freeze up. With a never-ending stream of tweets scrolling across the screen, it can be difficult to zoom in on the conversations that matter and put blinders on to everything else.
A friend in Little Italy woke up early last week to a common Montreal alarm this season — the rat-tat-tat of jackhammers starting massive city construction on his street.
He had no advance warning — and there were no signs posted saying how long the work would last: weeks, months … or years, like the St-Laurent Blvd. fiasco.
When Robert Tappan Morris became the first person convicted under the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in 1989, the world entered a new era of cyber threats that is now a part of daily life.
While the motivations of early hackers were to demonstrate the inadequacies of the then current security measures, the objectives of their successors have become progressively more sinister, organised and covert.
“Excuse me, professor, how many pages should our assignment be?”
I had almost predicted the question before I saw my coursemate putting up her hand.
Of course, what else would we want to know when we are given an assignment? If it isn’t the number of pages, we’d probably want to know about the type of font to use or the spacing required.