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Information Overload

I keep returning to the topic of information overload. It seems to me that something must give – our pace of information or our process of adapting. Most likely, information development will not slow down (if anything, it will probably accelerate). The main area of control rests in our ability to adapt to this new information climate. Francis Heylighen has suggested (.pdf) our capacity to cope is a function of three elements: individual intelligence (education, “smart drugs”), computer intelligence (search tools, semantic web), and an integrated approach (collective intelligence – i.e. offload processing to the network). Those approaches are speculative, but I think indicative of how we will need to approach learning and cognition to deal with the stresses of too much information.