The Quantifiable Self

This has interested me for a number of years now. Ever since a particular technology magazine editor talked about monitoring his sleep. He pointed out that there is a third of our life that we know nothing about. The thought intrigued me and I was hooked. I now use various smartphone apps and wearable devices that allow me to better understand what I am doing and likewise look for ways to improve or at least be aware of what I am doing with my life. An insight into the apps can be seen here:

http://quantifiedself.com/guide/

As a starter we should be aware that, for the majority of us, our lives are digital and we leave a trail within it. Quite often we do not see that data or even actively realise that it exists. This post from December 2012 on data collected about a single human being:

http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/12/start/privacy-versus-facebook/page/2

Then you get the other extreme of people like Chris Dancy who tries to capture everything:

http://www.chrisdancy.com/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2588779/Is-connected-man-planet-Man-wired-700-devices-capture-single-existence.html

And a guide for the middle ground:

http://technori.com/2013/04/4281-the-beginners-guide-to-quantified-self-plus-a-list-of-the-best-personal-data-tools-out-there/

But how might this go beyond the individual to the workforce?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbersin/2014/06/25/quantified-self-meet-the-quantified-employee/2/

The data scientist:

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/514356/stephen-wolfram-on-personal-analytics/

Of course the big topic:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2014/06/qs-ethics-of-data

Personally I would happily share data that I consent to share as long as the data collected can be made available to me for my own use by the people collecting it and in a manner that I can use it as well. Something that I could feed into wolfram alpha analytics to inform myself and help me to make better decisions. At the moment I will keep on with my fitbit, endomondo, myfitnesspal, zeo sleep monitor (now retired), rescue time, manic time, evernote, twitter, facebook, outlook calendar etc etc……………. 🙂

 

 

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About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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