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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Neill Kramer

What if the goggles could analyze your skiing and then offer improvements? Would you buy it?

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Well, my skiing is hopeless. But if it made me more aware of what I was doing on the slopes, that would be a completely different proposition. It might make me a more self-aware skiier, able to improve and to understand HOW to improve.

The problem with the goggles as they're currently advertised is that they offer a distraction from what should be an engaging, all-consuming activity. They promise to mentally whisk you away from your vacation, the crisp air and fine powder, and give you back to your voice mail and the office. Not. That. Useful.

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