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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Michael Dennis

I rather like this post a great deal. The natural experiment does work, but the Victorians had an advantage, while the telegraph may have served as a Victorian Internet, they didn't have the experience of television and passive consumption. I could be quite wrong about this, but Victorian leisure required some effort and television is the opposite of it. YouTube may not be much better, but there is a selection process involved. Finally, as you may know, Maya Jasanoff is completing a book about Conrad arguing a very similar point about how we can read his work as a response to the hyper-kinetic, globe straddling world that we currently claim as new. Many thanks for writing this up.

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