Contemplative Computing

Computers and health: ‘When you’re sitting, you’re one step above being dead’

CES 2016 is packed with health companies offering solutions to desk-based laptop slouch. Our reporter stopped slouching for long enough to try some of them

how to focus in the age of distraction

how to focus in the age of distraction

2 Comments on Contemplative Computing

  1. Plamen Miltenoff
    February 4, 2016 at 7:43 pm (5 years ago)

    From: Ewing, M Keith
    Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016 9:44 AM
    To: Miltenoff, Plamen
    Subject: contemplative computing

    I’m not able to immediately locate the reference to the book I mentioned. I don’t believe it was Distraction Addiction, a slightly older book on the same topic with which you are probably familiar. There are lots of essays on similar topics that play into mindfulness. For example—

    Morris, Sean, and Jesse Stommel (2015) “Is it okay to be a Luddite?”

    Rheingold, However (1998) “Technology 101: What do we need to know about the future we’re creating?”

    Mander, Jerry (1991) “An interview with the author of In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations.” (Mander’s earlier “Arguments for the Elimination of Television” is described in an interview on YouTube

    Birkerts, Sven (1994) Gutenberg Elegies, and (2015) Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age.

    Talbott, Stephen (1995) The Future Does Not Compute.

    Hutchby, Ian (2001) “Technologies, Texts, and Affordances”

    Thinking about the role of technology in our lives, stepping back from the technology and considering how it changes us in fundamental ways and benefits us in others, is a huge, nearly boundless topic that has been around for a long time. It’s not limited to computer technologies or the Internet (as Jerry Mander demonstrates).



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