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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Eviatar Zeruvabel would be where I would start (Hidden Rhythms). There's a classic piece by Roy (1959-ish?) on 'banana time', but this is about combating monotony & job satisfaction.

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Thanks very much, Peter! Ill have a look at these. Ive also been reading / pillaging the journal Time and Society, which has had some useful stuff, and have Zimbardos new book on time cued up. That might have something useful as well.

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Ah yes, the DF Roy piece on banana time. I had a colleague who wanted to write about jokes in the workplace that get out of hand, and call it A Banana Too Far. I hope the piece comes out....

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