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.
Data is the new oil. The next revolution will be social-mobile-local. Technology is evolving faster than ever. Certain business catchphrases become so commonplace that they seem as if they must be true. But how do you measure the cultural signals behind such truisms?
In a YouTube clip from one of Steve Jobs’s last interviews, he appears to be enjoying reminiscing about how he first hit upon the idea for the keyboardless tablet that eventually became the iPad.
“I had this idea of being able to get rid of the keyboard, type on a multitouch glass display and I asked our folks, could we come up with a multitouch display that I could type on, I could rest my hands on and actually type on,” Mr. Jobs says, smiling slightly as he recounts his enthusiasm at seeing the first prototype. “It was amazing.”
In the not-so-distant past, the chipper AOL sound of “You’ve got mail!” filled me with giddiness and glee. I would eagerly check my in-box, excited to see what message had arrived.
Those days are long gone. Now, when I examine my various e-mail accounts, my main emotion is dread.
Advances in information technology and the proliferation of open networks are having a profound impact on the world, ranging from transforming communication and commercial marketing practices to enabling political change.
A blog by Nathan Zeldes, focused on insight, debate and solutions for restoring productivity and work/life balance in this age of infoglut.
Unnecessary interruptions cost U.S. businesses $588 billion per year according to research conducted Basex. Such interruptions come from many sources, including instant messaging, spam e-mail, telephone calls, and the Web.
“The Cost of Not Paying Attention: How Interruptions Impact Knowledge Worker Productivity” is the first in-depth look at a problem that results in 28 billion lost man-hours per annum in the United States. Technology promised to make workers more efficient, but it has the potential to cost companies billions unnecessarily. Basex surveyed over 1000 executives and knowledge workers to find out how interruptions impact their work and what they do to counter the impact of unnecessary interruptions. (more…)
We can’t cope with it, yet we can’t live without it. Information, the stuff we’re supposed to use to enhance our lives is a silent swell, ready to engulf us when we least can handle it. Whether at work or on campus, if we fail to control it, sooner or later it will control us. Take charge before its too late.
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.
Basex, a business research firm, came out this week with a twist on the usual year-end looking-back and looking-forward lists. The firm picked a “problem of the year” for 2008, information overload.