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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Dan Tasse

Hi Alex,
Just one main question: is contemplation the same as flow? (forgive me if you've mentioned this explicitly, as I read and took notes about the article a while ago and am just now posting them on my blog: http://talesnideas.blogspot.com/2011/04/alex-pangs-contemplative-computing.html .)

I dig the proposed software solutions. I'd love it if Sensei or Quixote were to happen, and Xuanzang seems not too hard to do now. Thanks for writing this, I'm looking forward to future versions!

Simon Buckingham Shum

Hi Alex

Very very interesting! Thank you for sharing it. Contemplative computing is something I've thought about for while, but written about only sketchily. Your essay has sparked renewed thoughts...



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