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Information Overload, The Solution?

   Posted by: wkossen   in Uncategorized

Don’t you agree? There is too much information. Too many websites, too many documents and way to much e-mail. There is just too much information. You know why? There are three simple reasons for this.

1. Information is free to produce,

2. information is hard to get rid of,

3. information is easily copied multiple times.

That’s all there is to it. The solution is allready there in my list. If we want less information we should produce less, copy less and delete more. That’s all. Now that’s easier said than done. Just note that with every character I type in this blog I’m adding information to the pile. Where will it stop?

The real solution is the Document Economy. This is a new concept and I will explain it here. Since information overload makes useing information more tedious and therefor more expensive, the presence of information itself is in fact expensive. So adding to the pile should cost something. That something could then also be earned by removing information from the pile, purging, deleting stuff of plain NOT publishing a document. Let’s asume we create a separate economy based on document credits. Everyone starts with a few credits. He or she can earn credits by cleaning up, and must pay credits for every e-mail, document, blog-item or copy of preexisting information etc. No credits? No new documents. This way step one is taken, an incentive to clean up and also an incentive to not produce more.

The second step would be rewarding information value. The value of a document or e-mail is not that easy to determine. On the internet, websites like Digg.com give you an indication of the value of a webpage. This could be a way to ‘earn’ credits. If you are able to produce good content, you get rewards, which allows you to create more. If you produce lousy content, you just run out of credits and have to ’shut up’. simple ayh?

The third step would be to introduce a very natural proces called decay. If you leave some organic waste lying around, it will slowly disappear all by itself (helped by the odd fungus or bacteria…). Ashes to ashes so to speak. If we were to introduce that concept to our fileservers, mailboxes and the internet, this auto-purge would clean up stuff pretty fast. Naturally we should ‘protect’ good old content….

A few things have to still be resolved. How about document-credit-banking, how about loans, how about marketing of documents, how about ads (note that displaying ads allready costs some credits today!), how about regulations and law, how about taxing of credits, how about environmental law when it comes to polluting the internet, mailboxes or fileservers with document-crap? Should we in fact introduce a pay-per-view system? well, we’ll figure that out later….

I hope you liked this post, don’t hesitate to comment…

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