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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Heather Allen Pang

Love it!


Great talk!

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Thanks very much! It was a fun talk-- one of those where you have a chance to really think through what you ought to say. And it was an excellent venue and audience. Marseille is GREAT.

Andrew Curry

I liked the McLuhanesque inference about technologies being an extension of our senses (and if I recall, he also says that they extend some senses at the expense of others.) In which case, are you suggesting that the purpose of contemplation/reflection is that we understand the ways in which we are being extended and the consequences it has for us?

Serious Sam 3

Well it not happens with me that I hold my breath when I open my laptop and check mails.. Cultural evolution and increasing intelligence have been driven by increasingly complicated interactions with material environments...

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