Focus (attention)

Question and Answer

Q: What comes after the ability to focus?

A: pretty much everything; …that is, everything that follows from focus.

“Everything” in another sense though, a broader one, comes before focus too.  In other words, there is everything (the entirety of an environment) before focus, then there is (the ability to) focus, and then there is everything that follows from focus. What follows from focus? Thought and action follow from focus, along with everything that results from thought and action.

hypermodel brings focus to spatial information (or begins to). “Everything” comes before it. What comes after it is thought and action, and the results of thought and action.

There are three things:

  1. accumulation of information (the totality of an information environment)
  2. techniques of focus (within the information environment)
  3. what follows from focus: thought and action, and the results of thought and action

The wikipedia article on Focus redirects to an an article on Attention:

photo from Wikimedia Commons

from the article :

Attention is the cognitive process of selectively concentrating on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things. Attention has also been referred to as the allocation of processing resources. [1]


The relationships between attention and consciousness are complex enough that they have warranted perennial philosophical exploration. Such exploration is both ancient and continually relevant, as it can have effects in fields ranging from mental health to artificial intelligence research and development.

That opens a door. Like the child in the photo making use of his attention and focus – and with everything in life that will come after and because of it – we find ourselves now at this kind of beginning in information technology, where the means and techniques of bringing focus and attention to (and within) complex information are at their beginning (the beginning has lasted decades), and what is yet to come is greater than what has come before.

Methods and techniques for bringing clarity, instruction, guidance, affirmation, direction, focus and attention into complex information will support and help us think, understand, decide, and act. This is an innovation frontier. As these techniques evolve they will contribute not only to human thought and action, but also to artificial thought and action: cognitive systems that parse and comprehend complex information (and propose action).

Just a few starting steps here, note the potential for continuities formed through meaningful data accumulation and focus:

Interplay, at the Root of Human Cognition, the Root of Understanding

Let’s Create the Future of Media >>>

Check our paper:

Côté S., Barnard J., Snyder R., Gervais R., 2013.  Offline  spatial  panoramic  video  augmentation  for  visual communication in the aec industry.  Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, London, November 2013.  PDF

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  1. Reblogged this on dagsljus and commented:

    originally posted on this blog November 2013

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