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When I was researching information for my Book Breathing Space, first published in 1990, I found that more information became newly available in a 24-hour period than a person could comfortably ingest in the next 80 years. By 2011, the acceleration of information generation meant that in less than a single second, more information became available than was ingestible in the next 80 years.

When you counted up all the television shows, radio broadcasts, magazines, newspapers, books, articles, signs, reports, fax sheets, blogs, and every bit of communication that became newly available within a one-second interval, at normal viewing or reading speeds, it would take an individual 80 years to consume it all. In the next second, another 80 years worth is generated and in the next, and the next, etc.

The reality of living in this millennium is that we cannot escape from information. It surrounds us and bombards us in every aspect of our professional and personal lives. If you own a mobile device, and most people now do, you’re connected to the rest of humanity as a result of a network of 16 million miles of fiber optic cable that span the globe with each cable simultaneously able to accommodate 10 million communications.

The challenge for each of us, everyday, and almost every moment has now become to extract from the mountain of information we encounter the handful of vital bits of data we need and then assemble such information so that it leads to knowledge we can act upon and wisdom we can accumulate.



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