The Quantified Self
How many of you have heard of this concept? I had not heard of this specifically, but I am aware of pieces that are part of it. Do you use apps for tracking your exercise time? How about apps for tracking your calorie consumption? Do you use an app that tracks your heart rate? There are so many apps keeping track of so many pieces of us, thus ‘The Quantified Self’.
There is an entire web site dedicated to this subject. Quantified Self: self knowledge through numbers Pretty much everything you want to know about the subject can be found there.
There are TV programs that have attempted to depict what it might be like to take all the bits of this concept of the quantified self and actually create a person. Battlestar Galactica and Caprica are 2 that I have watched myself. What I found most compelling was the fact that they made you actually think about what really makes a person.
If we take all the data that has been compiled about us as an individual and put it together in one place, what do you think would be the result? I am not talking about things like home address and employment histories, although I am not at all excluding it. Have you ever had an MRI done? We have all had x-rays taken, even if it is only dental x-rays. What if you could take all the bits of information stored about you everywhere and put it all together? And what if you then put that information in to something you could interact with, say one of those Japanese robots. Have a look at one of the first -
If that isn’t enough to make you think, have a look at this one.
And finally let’s look at this one and think about what he is saying..
‘The Quantified Self’. Have I made you think about what really makes a person?