Overload 101

Information has become the great leveler of society and business. In 2010, Information Overload cost the U.S. economy almost one trillion dollars. What is Information Overload costing your organization? Written by Jonathan Spira, one of …

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After Sandy: A Slow Return to Normalcy
By on November 2, 2012
After Sandy:  A Slow Return to Normalcy

Airports Open, Some Power Restored, Subways and Buses Running

For some, a sense of normalcy has begun to return to the Northeast. The cleanup continues, more people have power, and operations are starting resume at both …

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Driving Alone: How Technology is Reducing Distractions on the Road
By on October 26, 2012
Driving Alone: How Technology is Reducing Distractions on the Road

Recently I have been giving some thought to practical uses of technology with respect to one of the most highly-publicized dangers, namely distracted driving. While distractions at the knowledge worker’s desk can cost a lot …

Knowledge Work Kills
By on October 19, 2012
Knowledge Work Kills

I’ve often wondered about the impact of the change in how we work, from manual and active labor to knowledge work at our desks, with respect to our health. After all, while our life expectancies …

Technology You Should Be Paying Attention to: 3D Printing
By on October 12, 2012
Technology You Should Be Paying Attention to: 3D Printing

One of the most exciting up-and-coming technologies today is 3D printing. If it sounds like science fiction, that is because, in many ways, it is. The technique builds 3D objects, layer by layer, through a …

Why Can’t We Just All Get Along (Online) and Pay Attention?
By on October 5, 2012
Why Can’t We Just All Get Along (Online) and Pay Attention?

Sitting on the ANA Boeing Dreamliner inaugural flight from Seattle to Tokyo, Japan, I brought up some reading material on my iPad and first turned to the Wall Street Journal.
In the German-language edition, I found …

If Technology Makes Us Dumber, Why Are We Getting Smarter?
By on September 26, 2012
If Technology Makes Us Dumber, Why Are We Getting Smarter?

We often think of Information Overload as sapping our intelligence and decreasing our reasoning powers, but, starting in the early 1900s and continuing to the present day, Americans who have taken standardized IQ tests have …

All the News That’s Fit to View
By on September 21, 2012
All the News That’s Fit to View

The volume of news we create, and by news I mean news reporting, not newsworthy events, is mind-boggling. As someone who studies this as a form of Information Overload, the sheer quantity of reporting never …

Are You Sleeping Well?
By on September 14, 2012
Are You Sleeping Well?

Look around your bedroom. Are there tiny beams of light, maybe blue ones and/or green ones? Or a red one? Is there a glow emanating from a digital clock or clock radio?
According to both common …

We Are Talking And Singing on Mars Now
By on September 7, 2012
We Are Talking And Singing on Mars Now

The sheer volume of information and content that is produced on Earth is mind numbing. For example, over 35 hours of video footage is uploaded to YouTube every minute. But earthly boundaries aren’t enough. Now, …

Enjoy It While It Lasts: E-mail Overload to Resume Next Week
By on August 31, 2012
Enjoy It While It Lasts:  E-mail Overload to Resume Next Week

In the last week of August, nothing seems to get done.  E-mail goes unanswered, meetings are rescheduled, even my local favorite coffee shop is empty as people sneak away for their vacations.
Indeed, last week, Jonathan …

Gone Fishin’ – For Information
By on August 24, 2012
Gone Fishin’ – For Information

It’s August. The end of August. A Friday at the end of August, specifically.
The number of e-mails has declined dramatically as the number of people away from the office increases.
I practically shake my laptop to …