The Quantified Self movement is all about self-tracking for self-improvement – in other words turning your life into data for analysis.
As you can see in the spectacularly nerdy photo on the right, I strapped on a Fitbit, Jawbone, Autographer, Garmin, Fuelband and loads of other consumer tracking devices to monitor my heart rate, step count, calories and sleep patterns for a month in an attempt to learn something profound. I didn’t, but I did speak to a lot of inspirational QS-ers about how body-hacking has changed their lives – none more so than cancer survivor Ian Clements.
My research also put me on to Gordon Bell’s Total Recall: Your Life, Uploaded, a fascinating – if a little tech-utopian – look at lifelogging and digital e-memories. At the other end of the spectrum, Evgeny Morozov writes passionately about the nefarious possibilities of a QS-centric future in To Save Everything, Click Here: Technology, Solutionism, And The Urge To Fix Problems That Don’t Exist.
The piece is on the Sunday Times website now [paywall].