Death and rebirth in the information explosion
“There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“No one has ever failed to find the facts they are looking for.”
As far back as 1971, Herbert A. Simon, Nobel Laureate in Economics and highly influential polymath, wrote: “...in an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is…the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” (Simon, 1971). I wonder if he imagined just how far we could go.
Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, declared in 2010 that we were creating as much ...