When will the Quantified Self cross the chasm?

When will the Quantified Self cross the chasm?

Bring cutting-edge technologies and products to larger markets, making them mainstream – that’s what Moore’s Crossing the Chasm is all about. Where is this specific point in a technology’s adoption lifecycle that transforms a nerd toy into a quite natural product of everyday’s life? The biggest, and possibly only, problem of the Quantified Self is its name: whereas „the self“ is a widely known – though misunderstood – term, „quantified“ is a so-called conversion: a verb turned into an adjective. Those grammatic conversions require additional thought processes before people either express them or understand them. Second, „quantified“ is a foreign word which we all would not use every day. It must be assumed that, when Kevin Kelly and Gary Wolf started the Quantified Self movement in 2007, agreeing upon this term did not come easy, although it exactly defines itself: an [international] collaboration of users and makers of self-tracking tools. In this definition, the difference between Quantified Self and self-tracking becomes evident: whereas self-tracking describes the individual (and detached) behavior of collecting data about oneself, the Quantified Self additionally contains the aspect of collaboration of individuals and/or groups of self-trackers. So – it seems to be difficult or even impossible […]

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Open Foresight – our session at re:publica 2014

Open Foresight – our session at re:publica 2014

„The future is already there, it is just not evenly distributed“ as William Gibson said. At re:publica 2014 conference in Berlin we will demonstrate methods and tools to make good predictions and foresighting from sources found on the Net. „With Big Data comes the end of the pundit“ – foresight, predicting the future from the present, has always been the realm of obscure trend researchers, strategy planners, intelligence services or the RAND Corporation. To get to useful insights about the changes in society, politics, culture, or technology, we do no longer have to rely on the esoteric, propriatory knowledge of individual researchers or institutes. We can harvest the tremendous treasure that lies at hands in the Internet. In our session we will demostrate at real cases how to derive patterns and trends from sources like Twitter, Google Books or Google Correlate without heavy programming skills; we will search blogs with self-made crawlers, we will demonstrate how to find and visualize Twitter networks, and how to get information on people’s behavior using meta-data (just like the NSA does according to Snowden …) Come to our session: re:publica conference Wednesday, May 7th at 12:30pm stage B Link to the re:publica-site: re:publica Open […]

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Our Session at the Quantified Self Europe Conference

Our Session at the Quantified Self Europe Conference

[Opening the QS Europe Conference 2013: Gery Wolf (left) and Ernesto Ramirez (right)] The Quantified Self Europe Conference will take place May 10th to May 11th in Amsterdam. This year we are excited to not only visit but also take an active part in the conference. We will host a session: QS and philosophy We would like to discuss some philosophical (or rather „ideological“) aspects of QS: – QS, postprivacy, and communalization of private life. How does the practice of tracking, sharing, and using data for personal meaning challenge our ideas about human connection, ideas traditionally framed as oppositions between between „individuals“ and „society.“ My thoughts on this topic, I have put down here: „Organizing a System of 10 Billion People“ Hope to see many of you there!

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Datarella People – Klaus Bscheid, Wearable Tech Entrepreneur

Here’s the transcript of this Datarella (DR) interview with Klaus Bscheid: DR Klaus, can you tell us a little bit about ambiotex Klaus Sure! ambiotex has developed a textile with integrated sensors. With these sensors we can track a genuine one-lead ECG. Based on that ECG we can extrapolate not only the pulse rate but a heart rate variability (HRV). At the same time we quantify the user’s breathing rate as well as her breathing volume. Based on the analysis of the combination of these data we can draw many very interesting conclusions. In particular, we think that HRV analysis is useful for the regeneration of the human body, for insights into coping with stress, etc. DR Our textile is an undershirt, since it should be the very first layer being directly on your skin. You can wear this shirt during your sports activities as well as in your everyday life. So what do we do with all this body data? If it’s a sportsman, we can tell him his regeneration level, i.e. we can tell him whether it makes sense to exercise or not. This is important since many athletes don’t really know when to exercise and they might […]

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Lifelogging

Tracking your life can mean any form of recording: some body measures like weight, your workout, your food intake, your sleep patterns – this is the „classic“ Quantified Self. One of the most intrusive, yet intriguing ways of tracking your life, however is actually track it visually. Lifelogging, taking visual record of your life, has been popularized to some extent by Steve Mann. Mann became notorious for getting thrown out of a McDonalds in France for wearing his head mounted camera. I have started to experiment with life logging myself. I use the Narrative Clip, a gadget of approximately 5cm diameter that you clip to your clothes and that automatically shoots a picture every 30 seconds. While wearing the clip, I made several observations: although I quickly stopped thinking about my carrying the camera continuously with me, I realized that I started to adjust my behavior. I would sit more upright, eat and drink very cautiously, even turn my field of vision in a direction, I would expect to look more interesting on the images. People that I encountered in the public were obviously not aware of my surveillance, even though my clip is bright orange in color. I have […]

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