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Attention Crash

Attention Crash: “We are reaching a point where the number of inputs we have as individuals is beginning to exceed what we are capable as humans of managing.”
Information growth shows little sign of abating. While the current flow exceeds our ability to cope, the solution will not be found in changing the amount of information. It will rest instead in the use of networks to filter information, development of new tools to cope, reliance on software to offload “grunt cognition”, and the use of information visualization tools to allow us to interact with patterns of information, rather than information pieces themselves.

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  1. The amount of information available from the environment has always been infinite, and the human body has always been highly effective at filtering down to that small portion that a person pays conscious attention to.

    We live in times when setting priorities as to what to pay attention to becomes an important life skill.

    Monday, July 2, 2007 at 11:09 am | Permalink