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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Do you really only work with an iPad now?

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Not *only*; for some tasks I still need the laptop. Traveling with the iPad is a bit like choosing a bike rather than a car-- you need to think about your day and what you really need, but with some attention, you can make it work. Just as a car gives you a greater ability to correct mistakes and be inefficient-- to bounce from the post office to the grocery store to the kids to Costco-- the laptop, because it's got more files and functionality, keeps you from having to think quite so much about what you really are going to do, and what you need to do it. You solve the problem by taking it all.

I *think* I may be able to write most of the book with the iPad, though it's going to be very much a cloud-supported activity-- I'll be pushing syncing and version control to their limits.


really happy to read that, i thought about some months ago ( http://identi.ca/notice/65991395 ) mainly because when you check some of my online works, you have to wait 1 min to see the picture changing (example : http://www.yannleguennec.com/w/pe/10/ ) , it can be a good exercise to test our ability for online contemplation ;-)


my previous comment was more about the previous post, but we can consider it's for the whole contemplativecomputing.org website.

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