Being the thoughts and writings of one Gustaf Erikson; father, homeowner, technologist.

Monday, 2005-10-10

“Cognitive quicksand”

Marc Eisenstadt:

We’re entering an era in which something that Stowe has often written about is going to become an essential skill: “continuous partial attention”. I thought I was pretty good at it, but I am slowly-but-surely observing everyone around me slipping into a kind of cognitive quicksand, getting increasingly grumpy and stressed out, and I don’t like it.

Can we go on like this? Or will the knowledge worker of the future be perpetually 17 years old, capable of handling the continous partial attention that modern worklife demands? Where’s the time needed for reflection, plotting the strategy for the next big thing?

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