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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I totally agree. I love the constraint of flying. You can't go anywhere, and no one can bother you. Well, I guess your annoying seatmate can, as well as the baby crying in the back. But I have found flying time to be incredibly productive. I often pass on in-flight WiFi just to maintain this sacred space.

I especially love to read books on planes, which I find harder and harder to do "in real life."

All that said, I'm sure the Business Week article is right, and I'd love to find ways to replicate these conditions in my space on the ground. I'm sure your book will have some good things to say on this point. I'll plan to fly somewhere this summer so I can read it. ;-)

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