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Using data to improve your life: Lifelogging and the Quantified Self




A staff displays TCB International Corp.'s new products, the 'Health Bracelet' and its APP 'Blood Management Your (BMY)', during the 2013 Computex in Taipei on June 5, 2013.  Lifelogging apps are becoming increasingly popular and offer a variety of ways for individuals to record emotions, events, and more.
A staff displays TCB International Corp.'s new products, the 'Health Bracelet' and its APP 'Blood Management Your (BMY)', during the 2013 Computex in Taipei on June 5, 2013. Lifelogging apps are becoming increasingly popular and offer a variety of ways for individuals to record emotions, events, and more.
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Forget living the examined life. Technophiles nowadays are turning to their smartphones and apps and wearable computers to achieve a better self.

The idea is called lifelogging--tracking and recording every aspects of your life digitally and analyzing those data so you could become healthier and happier--and a nascent movement has emerged called Quantified Self predicated precisely on this incessant documentation. And companies from sports giant Nike to tech behemoth Google to no-name startups like Saga have taken note, producing gadgets and products that help us become more actualized.

Guest:

Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine and co-founder of the Quantified Self Labs in Northern California, a collaboration of users and tool makers who share an interest in gaining self knowledge through self-tracking. He is author the author of “Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities” (Cool Tools Lab, 2013)

Mark Krynsky, blogger and founder of Lifestream Blog, a blog on lifelogging among other things