Gleick: when information is cheap, attention becomes expensive.
Borges: Library of Babel
Thankfully we have artists, dancers, performers, creators and critics to help us through our age of information overload. When it comes down to it, from words to paintings, it’s all about the presentation of information – and it’s the artists’ job to keep us all interested in the information they are give us…
The word information may bring to mind data tables, books, or computer systems. But it’s much more than that. Information is the ultimate unsplittable particle, the very building block of matter—dictating every structure, organization and quantum state. In its simplest form, it is the bit: a choice, a yes or a no. Every particle, every field of force, even the space-time continuum itself—derives its function, its very existence from bits.1
Much of this understanding evolved from a 1948 paper by mathematician Claude Shannon. Shannon’s paper provided a theory for how little and how fast information could be communicated through a given channel to “reproduce at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point.” To solve this he needed to measure information. To measure it he needed
to define it. And to define it is to find its simplest form. Shannon coined his discovery the bit. Shannon’s…
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