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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Eran Globen

Google is trying to do this in gmail with their tabs - separating out less important and less urgent emails from the important ones. Unfortunately, it looks like they're about to break that with the introduction of giant graphics for promotional emails, like so: https://litmus.com/blog/gmail-does-it-again-the-new-visual-promotions-tab

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