CBD 2018: Contemplative Computing: Using Devices to be More Human

Sunday, November 4, 2018

5:15 pm


Sponsored by:
Health Improvement Program

We often think of technologies as dehumanizing: smartphones, social media, and mobile devices create a high-tech barrier between us and the world, or between us and our better selves. In this workshop, I argue that our relationships with technologies are actually quite profound, and that we have a great capacity to use them to extend our physical and cognitive abilities. Our dissatisfaction with today’s technologies is the result of bad design by companies that seek to capture and commodity our attention, and mindless use. However, we can learn to regain control over our digital lives and extended selves by practicing what I call contemplative computing.

Instructor: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is a futurist and author whose work focuses on people, technology, and the worlds they create. His most recent books include The Distraction Addiction and Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less. His books have been translated into a dozen languages, and the latest edition of Rest features a foreword by Arianna Huffington. Alex has a Ph.D. in history of science, and has held fellowships at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Oxford University, and Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Sunday, November 4, 2018
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Free and open to the public, registration will open on September 11th.


Lecture / Reading Engineering Health / Wellness Careers Science 

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