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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Jean Costello

I so agree, Alex. Karen Schneider made a similar post and it's good to see these ideas in circulation --- contradicting the barrage of commercial messages influencing us to foreground doing over being: driving, moving, clicking all the time — continually consuming material goods and information for short-term fuel rather than sustenance.

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