What is contemplative computing?

  • Contemplative computing may sound like an oxymoron, but it's really quite simple. It's about how to use information technologies and social media so they're not endlessly distracting and demanding, but instead help us be more mindful, focused and creative.

    My book on contemplative computing, The Distraction Addiction, was published by Little, Brown and Co. in 2013, and is available in bookstores and online. This 2011 talk is a good introduction to the project and its big ideas.

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An interesting reflection on Carr's book, I agree with your conclusion. You might be interested in a conference we ran last year:


The conference concerned the emerging 'attention economy' (as Goldhaber has it: http://www.well.com/user/mgoldh/natecnet.html ), which largely took its starting point from Bernard Stiegler's book 'Taking Care of Youth & Generations' - http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=uNvIzG_WBf8C there were some excellent presentations, which were live-blogged and we hope to have extended versions in 'print' soon.

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