Information Overload

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Artificial Intelligence & Information Overload

The following is an excerpt written by Yury Gubman, Knowmail’s Head of AI, from a recent IORG interview between Emanuele Terenzani (Lele), Yury, and myself about the need to use Artificial Intelligence to solve Information Overload.

The interview can be viewed below in its entirety, while the excerpt provides a few additional notes not available in the video.

To learn more about the problem of Information Overload, best practices, and solutions, please visit IORG’s blog, resource center, and Youtube channel for interviews and more.

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FOMO=DIY IO

FOMO or Fear of Missing Out has become a national disease that impacts our personal and work lives.

Addiction to frequently checking our e-mail, Twitter, Instagram, etc. accounts singularly or overall diminishes time spent on work tasks and family activities.

Aysel Safarova @ chanty.com has an interesting blog post (3/17) discussing the impact of FOMO on worker productivity.

If you in the FOMO camp, this post may help you.

MartyB #IORGFORUM

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Overload from the leaders?

The relationship of Email upon leaders

Have you ever stopped to think about the impact that Managers’ emails have on the workforce?

Emails sent by senior staff can inspire, engage and motivate.

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Overloading our health?

OVERLOAD – IS IT HARMING US?: BY M.MANN -EMAILOGIC

Is your reliance on email affecting your health? 

The US technology consultant Linda Stone has discovered that many of us unconsciously hold our breath, or breathe shallowly while responding to emails – a habit that can compound stress.

This can then add fuel to a host of other symptoms such as asthma, depression and obesity.

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Is Less Information More?

Nick Ingram (July 2016) states the known: more signal, less noise.

He also proposes that old information “stands the test of time” is more useful than new information.

Yet isn’t new information more actionable?

This proposal plus reducing social media input certainly could help reduce IO; yet current, relevant inputs should not be disregarded.

His website clearthinking.co does have some interesting and valuable resources to browse.

MartyB #IORGforum

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Interesting Remedy for Mayo Clinic EHR Information Overload

After conducting 1500 interviews with clinicians, a complex rules set was developed to filter out “meaningless data” and create visualizations to focus attention on critical information elements.

This is an amazing remedy for abundant clinical information communicated real-time for patient care.

Worth your quick read: How the Mayo Clinic is combating information overload in critical care units

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Better Mental Organization May Reduce Information Overload

Daniel Levitan’s book: The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (Dutton/Penguin 2014) describes in Chapters 2 & 3 how the mental processes for encoding, organizing and retrieving accepted information can increase or decrease your cognitive load for information processing.

The content is more than replacing a formal taxonomy with your personal folksonomy.

Fascinating read.

Marty B. #IORGforum

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Information Overload, Perhaps look in the Mirror

One definition of information is the degree of uncertainty reduction.

How much information do you need to gather to achieve an acceptable confidence level that you have sufficient information to make a judgment or decision?

Herb Simon made a distinction between optimization and satisfaction. Similarly, an inverted U curve for amount of information gathered suggests that too much information creates an excessive cognitive processing load. Of course, other factors enter into your information gathering behavior, e.g., economic loss function for an incorrect judgment or decision, position of the person(s) in the organization to whom this recommendation is sent, diagnosticity of the information content.

Do you ask yourself explicitly if you have or have not gathered a sufficient amount of valuable information or are you compulsively attempting to conduct an exhaustive search?

Don’t permit this cause for information overload to be self-inflicted.

Marty Bariff, IORG Treasurer posting blogs during May.

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Open Business, a way to communicate better and have more fun in the process


It’s the last day of IORGLiveMonth today, a great experience for me, one month where I could look into Information Overload and having to talk about it connected several dots, opened my mind to some of the little details that matter, some of the little behavioral patterns that we all do and observe, that start in good will but eventually provide more troubles than benefits.

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Mindfulness and Information Overload a natural connection

The third week passed and I knew it would bring some controversial topics and new perspectives on what can cause information overload and how to reduce it.

Once we recognize the existence of information overload and we attribute to it several unpleasant consequences like stress, lack of focus, time waste, low productivity, miscommunication, bad collaboration…, we cannot avoid to focus on some good practices to reduce it. And so we go with e-mail best practices, appropriate tools to be used, hints and tips about how to cooperate together more fruitfully or automated business solutions to save our time.

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