The Distraction Addiction
Thursday, February 27, 12:00 NOON-1:00 PM
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is a leading figure in the fight to make digital technology less overwhelming and less distracting for the average user. He calls his approach “contemplative computing.” That sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s profoundly simple: It’s about using technologies—including social media—to become more mindful, focused, and creative at work and in life. Pang studies people and technology and the worlds they make. His work explores how our interactions with computers change the way we think about ourselves and how we value (or devalue) human memory and cognition. Pang is a senior consultant at Strategic Business Insights, a Menlo Park, CA, consulting and research firm. He also has two academic appointments: He is a visitor at the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford University, and an associate fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. His book The Distraction Addiction explains how users can redesign their relationships with technologies to help them be calmer and sharper.
Contemplative Computing: http://www.contemplativecomputing.org/
Distraction Addiction: http://www.distractionaddiction.com/
Personal Blog: http://askpang.typepad.com/
Twitter: @askpang https://twitter.com/askpang