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After Sandy: A Slow Return to Normalcy
November 2, 2012 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
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 …

Driving Alone: How Technology is Reducing Distractions on the Road
October 26, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment
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
October 19, 2012 – 4:34 pm | No Comment
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
October 12, 2012 – 3:33 pm | No Comment
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?
October 5, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment
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?
September 26, 2012 – 4:44 pm | 2 Comments
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
September 21, 2012 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
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?
September 14, 2012 – 5:09 pm | No Comment
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
September 7, 2012 – 4:55 pm | No Comment
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
August 31, 2012 – 1:08 am | No Comment
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 …