Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Information Overload Is ‘Cognitive Diabetes,’ Says Slack CEO - Bloomberg

Perhaps over-communicating

"Butterfield, the chief executive officer of Slack Technologies Inc., likened the obsession with communication tools to the diabetes epidemic, when "suddenly, as a species, we got infinite, free calories," he said. "Suddenly, we have infinite, free communications." The messaging addiction is a form of "cognitive diabetes," and it's "a problem that's going to take more than a generation to sort out," he said.
For a sense of the hype around messaging tools, just look at Slack's bank account. The San Francisco startup has raised $540 million from investors, and its most recent round valued the company at $3.8 billion. Slack started out as a video game maker called Tiny Speck. When asked about the origins of the name Slack, Butterfield said, "I have no idea." He added: "It's lost to history.""
Information Overload Is ‘Cognitive Diabetes,’ Says Slack CEO - Bloomberg
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