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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Helen Crozier

Alex I so agree with your article on medium. I do think that there are slightly fewer journalists doing the compulsory detox and telling the world about it and I feel that is a good thing. Love your comment about the Fight Club. I've been thinking about some 'friends' that I have met through social media and have known for many years. We don't see a lot of each other and I could not describe us as having close relationships but I notice if they are not around. Thing is they are still 'around' they have just reached their bandwidth with whom they have discretionary moments to stay in touch with. Also like ships in the night we could be online at different times so therefore have no clue about what is going on. That is unless we call of course :-)

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