CBD 2018: Contemplative Computing: Being more mindful in a world of distracting technologies

Sunday, November 4, 2018

5:15 pm

Sapp Center for Science Teching and Learning, Room 111 Map

Sponsored by:
Health Improvement Program, Help Center

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, Alex argues 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 mindless use and bad design by companies that seek to capture and commoditize our attention. However, we can learn to regain control over our digital lives and extended selves by practicing what Alex calls contemplative computing.

Instructor: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.,  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
Sapp Center for Science Teching and Learning, Room 111 Map

Register HERE beginning Sept. 11

Free and open to the public.


Education Lecture / Reading Engineering Health / Wellness Science 

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