The spread of small, inexpensive sensors, mobile computing, low-energy wireless, and cloud-based data analytics enables us to collect detailed data both about quotidian human experience. These data sources are typically understood as managerial, commercial, or scientific assets, useful for control, marketing, and research. But other uses for this data are being found by individuals and small groups acting on their own behalf, using them for self-examination and self knowledge.
The uses of personal personal data for personal meaning are known as “quantified self” practices.
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Gary Wolf, mediaX Distinguished Visiting Scholar, co-founder The Quantified Self