I study people, technology, and the worlds they make.
My latest book, THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION (Little, Brown & Co. 2013) is about contemplative computing, the effort to use information technologies in ways that help you stay focused and be more creative, rather than distracted and fractured.
My current writing project is REST: HOW WORKING LESS GETS MORE DONE explores the role that deliberate rest plays in the lives of creative and productive people.
I'm a senior consultant at Strategic Business Insights, where I analyze trends in pervasive computing, wearables, and the Internet of Things. I'm also a visiting scholar at Stanford University.
I studied history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, and have held fellowships at Williams College, University of California-Berkeley, and Microsoft Research Cambridge. My first book, EMPRIE AND THE SUN: VICTORIAN SOLAR ECLIPSE EXPEDITIONS (Stanford University Press, 2002), is about, well, Victorian solar eclipse expeditions.