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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Edward Vielmetti

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Lauren Bacon

I'm fascinated by this story, though I get the sense from the articles I've read that while the addictive nature of the game was part of his motivation, he was also getting a ton of unwanted attention from the press and critics (including death threats) – so there may also simply be a desire on his part to dial down the noise in his own life. I might make the argument, actually, that the "addictive"/obsessive behaviour of fans/users was disrupting Nguyen's ability to live his life in peace - which is interesting, given that we usually focus on how distracted/compulsive use of tech has negative impacts on the user, rather than the impacts on those around him or her – even if they live on the other side of the globe.

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