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The pressure on the human mind to filter and synthesize information

has by far surpassed our biological capacity.

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The development pace of society has been tremendous during the last decades. Children of the sixties were by and large experiencing a society similar to that of their parents of the 30ies and the 40ies. Children of the 90ies and post millennium experience a fundamentally different society. Their parents have witnessed this change, eagerly trying to cope with new opportunities and challenges. Many different technology, chemical and medical improvements have fuelled this development but none of them can match the development in the field of information and communication.

 

Information is primarily used by individuals to support decisions. This is an activity that goes on from the morning wake-up call until evening bed time.  Decisions can, during the same day, for one person span from a major investment decision to what movie to opt for together with some friends in the evening. The difference, compared to as late as the early 90ies, is the process of becoming “informed”. Then; newspapers, fixed telephony, fax and physical meetings.

Today; constantly on-line, always available over the mobile networks, virtual meetings and social interactions in a variety of forums. The pressure on the human mind to filter and synthesize information has by far surpassed our biological capacity. “Information overload” is now an accepted term, illustrating the current environment. Also the pace of development in the ICT area have spurred an ever increasing pace of development in regular industry and consumer areas, putting an enormous pressure on our environment.

 

Disregarding claims for or against global warming, an environmental Armageddon or multi-resistant bacteria, very few argues against the fact that humanity is now consuming more resources than Earth is prepared to provide. As much as the information revolution can be accused to be a cause to this, it can also be a remedy if deployed properly for the best of society.

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