The Quantified Self Evolves: A South By Southwest (SXSW) Vision of How Gadgets Will Teach Us About Ourselves

Posted: March 11, 2013 in Test Equipment


Updated March 12, 2013

One of the great storylines at this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival is the rapid push from Big Data to My Data – or the mainstreaming of the Quantified Self movement that has succeeded in bringing data analysis and wearable technology into our daily lives. I found it telling that two of the festival’s kick-off events Friday evening — “The New Nature vs. Nurture: Big Data & Identity” and “Quantified Year: 365 Days of Tracking Everything” — focused exclusively on this technological shift. I found it even more telling that the latter presentation, organized and hosted by Leslie Ziegler, concluded not with an answer but a broader existential question — about how people will actually use this surge in documented personal information.

Across numerous panels last weekend – and sure to be continued on Quantified panels tomorrow, which are addressing…

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