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Intelligent agents, Gigaportale and ubiquitous computer are Web-information overload eliminate Hamburg/Graz, August 14, 2008 – E-Mail floods and limitless online information: the mirror examines its front-page story power the Internet stupid? the dark side of the digital revolution: the communication obsession in the network has produced with behavioural problems and highly nervous individuals, always learn and know less and less, so the warning of the Hamburg-based news magazine. It was as bad as the global environmental crisis, the computer scientist David Levy is quoted. Constant sending, replying to and forwarding often completely frivolous information leads to lots of unnecessary E-Mail traffic and unnecessary info junk on our screens. The pollution was just huge. Other leaders such as LEGO Papert Professor offer similar insights. Also in the spirit world, we needed so something similar to protected forests and wetlands.

Thinking reserve \”so, where ideas could bloom virtually emission-free. Opens about 50 times per day a typical information workers ‘ mail window, 77 times he turns to the instant-messaging program for the rapid transmission of messages, besides about 40 websites are visited. So it has calculated the U.S. consulting company RescueTime after she examined the user profiles of 40 000 employees\”, der Spiegel writes. Herman Maurer, Professor of computer science at the Technical University of Graz, is not impressed by such doomsday scenarios.

Long before the year 2100, all people are at any time and at any place on all human knowledge can be accessed, much like we can today with material goods. This access will be done with devices which are heavily integrated with the people, and will relate to knowledge that comes from databases or arises from dialogues with experts. The brain of an individual will be only a relatively tiny part of a vast stock of knowledge, created through the networking of billions of Menschenhirnen and databases\”, forecast Maurer. Skeptics who warn of a non controllable information overload, are soon silenced: on the horizon, there are indications already that the avalanche of information will be gradually tamed and structured to meaningful, reliable and tailored to the person knowledge units.