#150 - How to survive in a world of information overload | Curio

#150 - How to survive in a world of information overload

21 mins | Feb 21, 2022

Today's episode from 21st February 2022. First today: Wrongly accused post office managers are set to give evidence to a public inquiry in what's been described as one of the worst miscarriages of justice in UK history. We look into how faulty computer software was believed over hundreds of people, and ask whether it's a sign of "computer-says-no" culture running the world. Then later, are you drowning in books to read, blogs to follow, and videos to watch? We've got some tips on how you can cut the number down by focussing on what's most important to you. From 2000 to 2015, 736 subpostmasters and postmistresses were prosecuted for theft, fraud and false accounting in the branches of the Post Office they worked in. Some were imprisoned; at least 33 victims of the scandal have passed away, with four reportedly taking their own lives. But they had done nothing wrong: it was all down to a faulty computer system. In the wake of the beginning of an active public inquiry into the scandal, The Guardian's Marina Hyde reflects on what some are calling the most widespread miscarriage of justice in British history. Throughout most of human history, access to knowledge was limited. Power equated to how much information you had access to. Kings built great libraries, and texts were rare and valuable things. Today, however, what was once scarce is abundant. We’re drowning in information. Nir Eyal reveals how to pursue knowledge in a world with unlimited information. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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