What if there were a way to use the internet – and all our web-connected phones and tablets and laptops and games consoles – to foster rather than erode our attention spans, and to replace that sense of edgy distractedness with calm?

This is the question motivating the embryonic movement known variously as “calming technology”, “the slow web”, “conscious computing” or Pang’s preferred term “contemplative computing”. Its members hope that we might be able to perform a sneaky bit of jujitsu on the devices that dominate our lives: to turn the agents of distraction into agents of serenity.

via Conscious computing: how to take control of your life online | Technology | The Guardian.