Cyberspace 2000: dealing with information overload

  title={Cyberspace 2000: dealing with information overload},
  author={Hal Berghel},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  • H. Berghel
  • Published 1 February 1997
  • History
  • Commun. ACM
F rancis Bacon is reported to have said that the three things that made his world different from that of the ancient Greeks and Romans were the printing press, the compass and gunpowder. It is instructive to note he didn’t mention the water pump, the rigid horse collar, or lateen sails—all of which were critical to the advancement of agriculture and commerce. One suspects Bacon was not interested in great technological tours de force per se, but in those technological advances that also… 

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