Information Overload: Computers to the Rescue

Technology Review reports that Brainput, a system developed by MIT and Tufts researchers, can recognize when a person’s workload is excessive and then automatically modify a computer interface to make it easier. Technology Review cheerfully notes: “A computing system with Brainput could, in other words, learn to give you a break.” Imagine the possibilities for human advancement if Brainput could have helped us deal with information overload all these years, starting in the 16th century!

On second thought, while waiting for computers to provide the solution, we should have let the government take care of this annoying information explosion.

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