Watch this brief interview with Gary Wolf, co-founder of Quantified Self and contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he discusses how self tracking can hold the key to unparalleled insight into self-improvement and personal efficiency.
Self tracking is also critical to people living with heart failure, diabetes and other chronic conditions. It has the potential to keep us out of the hospital.
Unfortunately, patients living with ICDs, pacemakers and other cardiac implantable electronic devices have no access to the massive amounts of data collected by their active implants. Such data, generally collected remotely by a device’s manufacturer, is in part made available to clinicians but never to the patient who originates it.
“There’s a feeling among technical people, and I think it’s spreading, that it would be good to seize the tools of information production and at least know as much about ourselves as other people do”, he says.
The first Quantified Self Conference happens in two weeks, May 28-29, 2011, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.