Cognitive load

Here’s what I learned via Twitter this past week.

Social computing (or Knowledge Management) is not a strategy, it’s a support tool, a sense-making tool, a way of being. via @johnt

You could say we could use new social tools for everything, that’s why we see HR 2.0, Sales 2.0, Marketing 2.0, etc…that’s why existing products are starting to get features like blogs, social networks. So really it’s a way of being or a literacy, rather than a strategy. But yes, to get buy-in you may go the strategy route; but that’s just to get your foot in the door, and it’s also to help the blank faces when they are given tools that aren’t designed to do a specific thing…and what it takes to get adoption (the difference between transactional and interactional).

JOHO the blog: From ~5000 BCE to 2003 CE: 5 exabytes of information were created. In the last 2 days: about 5 exabytes of information were created [exabyte = 1 billion gigabytes]

via @downes: “In other words, it’s less about cramming people into universities and colleges, and more about getting universities and colleges integrated into the wider community.” OLDaily

@willrich45 – “Reading: “Does the Internet Make You Smarter?” by @shirky Nice response to Carr.”

The response to distraction, then as now, was social structure. Reading is an unnatural act; we are no more evolved to read books than we are to use computers. Literate societies become literate by investing extraordinary resources, every year, training children to read. Now it’s our turn to figure out what response we need to shape our use of digital tools.

An excellent set of priorities: 1. Collaboration 2. Performance Support 3. Learnscape Design by @BFChirpy

It’s useful to look at collaboration anxiety through the LADR [Language, Authority, Direction, Role] lens but the cognitive limits to our ability to collaborate are just as important as the social limits. They quote Herbert Simon2 in the introduction:

“solving a problem simply means representing it so as to make the solution transparent.”

One way to make a solution transparent is to reduce cognitive load.

@timoreilly “Excellent: The greatest change in the history of media is not analog to digital but scarcity to surfeit, via @macslocum” Digital Deliverance

As I’ve been writing since 2004, the greatest change in the history of media is that, within the span of a single human generation, people’s access to information has shifted from relative scarcity to surfeit. Billions of people whose access a generation ago to daily changing information was at most one or two or three locally-distributed printed newspapers, one, two, three, four television channels, and one or two dozen radio stations, can now access virtually all of the world’s news and information instantly at home, office, or wherever they go. The economic, historical, and societal ramifications of this epochal change in media will be far more profound than Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type, Tesla’s and Marconi’s invention of broadcasting, or any other past development in media.


via @VasilyKomarov RT @nickthinker: Those who can lead an inexpensive (low cost) life and appreciate the simple and free things are actually the “new rich”!

@reactorcontrol “Tim Berners-Lee describes social networks as “vertical silos”, because they are not interoperable. #dzf4″