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 have had the experience of correcting the things the doctor types in as we both watch the screen. I wonder if there is good data on accuracy. The last thing that someone got wrong at my doctors office was a paper note that said one thing, and when it made it to the insurance company via the typed thing it said something totally different. It took two weeks to get that sorted out.

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