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Information overload

The amount of text, images, video and music is exploding on internet, in regular media and in all of our lives. Even if you are beginner or professional at searching the regular news or other fact-bases it is overpowering and wastes a lot of time, energy and electricity. I think that it can hinder some persons ability to connect with proper channels or to participate in beneficial cross-cultural and international discussions.

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I have read about a public-domain, open-source, software-project that tries to compact and destill the contents of text-files and web pages. It will hopefully reduce the essence of it to an easy universal standardised format, that can be rapidly categorised, browsed, cross-referenced and put in many different types of use.
For a newscast I imagine individual users could set their preferences, see a very summarized short-list of available news articles, they can click around in those few links that they are really interested in, to read only the most relevant and desired information. And find more related links on each topic if they are interested in reading more indepth article or learning more behind the story.
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And the internet grows larger and faster every second, so the need for moderators cannot be filled by manual labour alone.
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What needs or issues does it address?
The quick-fix will help you reading personalized and tailored news to your individual preference in a quicker way to save time and energy.
Making it more easy to find topics of your interest, example: if you think you have got an idea for a new innovation or process, you should first try to search to find if that already exists in patent-data-bases and scientific media.
But it is so large masses of information to go through, and it might be there somewhere but you cannot identify it properly.
Imagine all the combined wasted time and energy in the world that could have been used to improve and develop smarter innovations that not already exist.
And brilliant ideas that could be unique and helpful to many, could perhaps be lost if it is not found by proper channels or readers.
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I can even see this "overdose effect" here on OpenIDEO!
Crowdsourcing can be a great way, but it can also be very confusing.
I think that some individuals might get so eager to get involved and voice their own ideas so they simply jump in and start a new thread, without browsing if that same or similar concept already exists right next to it. (or in another forum a few clicks away)
I have also been caught by that same bug, and placed some comments and input in one thread, only to find a day later that new threads are started with exact same topic.
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I mean that large quantity of ideas or concepts are not really unique or new, they have often risen in other peoples heads or backyards earlier, and if you easily could find those likeminded persons that carry on similar explorations & discussions you could join them.
If you quickly can find them and help with your input in their already initiated discussion/development, all involved can be more productive and all new input can add to their inspiration and ideas instead of starting your own little new corner.
If you continue to sit in a corner of the big internet, that in so many ways have great potential, some of the individuals that get no proper feedback and fail to get noticed will get bored and stop inventing.
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And I think similar problems are regarding individuals starting brand new fundraisers or small medical benefit organisations. In some way this seems like purely egoistic of them, to have their own organisation that they can put their own name on.
I think that they should first search if they can find, join and work together with an already existing foundation that have the same aim and vision. (locally or globally)
Will save plenty of setting-up-time and administration costs and will direct money faster/simpler to let the medical researcher grow stronger and larger, and will probably help finding cures to the problems faster.
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Perhaps it is possible to combine the first-mentioned software above with an automatic online translator? That makes it unnecessary for so many newspapers and online-news-sites to translate so many international articles to put in their readers/users/subscribers native language. And will make them more focused on digging up news stories in their own area. (Benefits are more energy-saving and reducing emissions from longdistance-travelling in the journalism business)
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I do not know if someone can find that existing technology or come up with new methods that in any way can prevent this confusion.
It is perhaps mostly behavior change to getting people accustomed to all the internet browsing and searching that is needed.
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Finding solutions will hopefully make information freer, more transparent and democratic.
Because I think this info-overdose-problem is getting in the way of many new geniouses to collaborate more productively!

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