Technology for Mindfulness explores the ways in which technology can both promote and impede mindfulness—with an emphasis on the former. We examine the relationship between technology and mindfulness by reviewing products, revealing research, and posting musings.

We try to practice mindfulness in the pace, length, and tone of the content on this site. As a result, we would rather avoid posting for a day (or a few) than post for the sake of posting. Our content may be longer and more pensive than what you will find on other blogs. We may post about obscure topics and about technologies that have been around for a long time. We trust our readers not to demand and require only the latest information, covered immediately and in soundbites.

We don’t pretend—or even hope—that technology does or could replace traditional mindfulness-based practices. But we do believe that technology can be a helpful tool for aiding in the practice of mindfulness and for achieving a state of mindfulness. We also believe, perhaps more modestly, that technology developed with mindfulness in mind can at least not act as an affirmative distraction.

We strive to serve as a forum for conversation about all things technology and mindfulness, and we look forward to taking part in that conversation with you.


About Robert Plotkin

Robert Plotkin, the founder of Technology for Mindfulness, is both an engineer and a long-time mindfulness practitioner. His background in computer science and engineering dates back over thirty years to his days programming an Atari 800 personal computer, through a degree in Computer Science and Engineering at MIT, and nearly two decades as a patent attorney specializing in patent protection for computer technology. His relationship to Zen Buddhism stems primarily from his study of Japanese martial arts for more than three decades. His fascination with the relationship and interactions between computer technology and the mind is reflected in his book on the automation of creativity in the field of inventing, The Genie in the Machine: How Computer-Automated Inventing is Revolutionizing Law and Business (Stanford, 2009).

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