As the information technology wave continues its impressive course of capturing and displaying complex information, we are quickly reaching a time where socially filtered, instant information will arrive to each of us in real-time. Recent advances in wearable computers, like glasses that can boost memory by up to 50%, are just one of many innovations to come.
Obtaining information will no longer be our primary constraint as a global civilization. Instead, knowing how, when, why, and for what purpose to use information will be. To be able to absorb, reflect and effectively use instant information, individuals will need to develop new social capabilities.
Social processes like consensus building, value orientation and developmental conversations will require professionals to help individuals live and work in an always-on, always-available world. This will create a tremendous need for social facilitators (today's teachers, managers, psychologists, and psychiatrists are some examples) to help people learn the social interaction skills needed to live and work productively.
Emotional efficiency will become a primary focus in this new era. With 5 of the 10 leading causes of disability being mental problems, there is plenty of space for improvement. Neurotechnology will play an important role in defining mental illnesses while neuroceuticals will be part of the toolset that people use compete in an ever more emotional acute world.
After all, the end game is not just better information, but communication that is relevantly directed, truthfully understood and consciously co-created.