All posts under Quantified Self

How the Quantified Self might change our lives – a 2020 scenario

We’ve recently been doing a number of interviews on the Quantified Self, the trend of capturing behavioral and body data for analysis and sharing. One of the questions that keeps popping up in these interviews and everyday conversations alike is: Where will this lead down the road? In other words, how will our life change if we continue on this path?

It’s a loaded question of course, and has many aspects – of societal change, the perception of the self, business models, privacy, ownership and control, just to name a few.

So I’m going to engage in a little speculation and write a scenario of an everyday scene. Please think of it as playful exploration, a thought experiment rather than full-blown forecasting scenarios or predictions.

Weiterlesen »

Weiterlesen »

Quantified Self Data and Privacy

Quantifying ourselves means tracking the most sensitive kind of data: Our behavior and our location.

The conversations we have on a day-to-day basis about body tracking and the Quantified Self clearly show that most people are acutely aware of just how sensitive this type of data is. In fact, privacy implications tend to be one of the first issues to come up.

And this most certainly isn’t just an exaggerated reaction, but rather the sensible thing to think about. But let’s take it step by step.

Weiterlesen »

Weiterlesen »

The Quantified Self in health and lifestyle

If there’s one area where we can really see tracking taking off, it’s medical and lifestyle. We deliberately combine both as the boundaries are increasingly blurry: Whereas medical emcompasses all things health-related, by lifestyle we mean to include the kind of active lifestyle that the fitness & sports industries portrait.

There’s hardly a week where no new service or app is launched, or a new self-tracking hardware shipped.

That’s not surprising in itself. After all, in the medical sphere tracking body data has always been a tool of the trade. Tell a diabetic about your fascination with body tracking and they’ll give you an odd look, after all they’ve been doing it for years. What is fascinating, though, is how QS applications have been moving towards the mainstream. Step by step, these services have become easier to use, slicker, better designed. In other words, they’ve started to make it fun to track your body.

Weiterlesen »

Weiterlesen »

El.Rep.: Vermessungen, Verärgerungen und Verbrechen

Gestern kam die neue Folge des Elektrischen Reporters heraus. In der DigiGesellschaft beschäftig man sich mit dem „quantifizierten Selbst“. Man nutzt technische Hilfsmittel aller Art, von Medizintechnik bis zur iPhone-App, um genaueste Daten über alle Funktionen des Körpers aufzuzeichnen, sie in Graphen umzuwandeln, miteinander auszutauschen oder gleich online zu stellen. Das ganze Leben wird quantifiziert, um es anschließend optimieren zu können. Hört sich typisch menschlich an, oder?

Weiterlesen »

Weiterlesen »