The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Information overload is an old old problem

Reading Room (former British Library)Excellent opening paragraph at the Collaboration Loop blog in Jonathan Spira article, Information Overload - A Growing Problem:
Although many believe this to be technology induced, the problem of information overload is not new and is . Centuries ago, scholars bemoaned the problem of too many books and not enough time or memory to take it all in. Scholars who wrote about the problem included Roger Bacon, Samuel Johnson, and Conrad Gesner, considered the father of the bibliography, who in 1545 in the Bibliotheca universalis warned of the "confusing and harmful abundance of books" and suggested reading strategies for coping with information overload.


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