In this series of vignettes, I explore how we can design software that shapes our environments, which then shape ourselves.  I discuss the foundational importance of human attention and its relationship to compassion, and I suggest some ways to design software that would foster physical environments to nourish attention.  It is useful, in envisioning such environments, to focus on how they make us feel.  It is useful, in other words, to pay special attention to beauty.  

Thanks to Kim Smith for illustrating this set of essays, and to Jonathan Harris and Neil Molino for reading drafts.

Sep Kamvar, August 1, 2015