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On Friday 27th of January, I hosted a workshop focused on self-tracking and quantification at NUI Galway. The workshop dealt with two main questions:
- How does self-tracking and quantification affect our self understanding?
- How does self-tracking and quantification affect how we are governed (by ourselves, our lovers, our friends and our employers)?
To answer these questions, I brought together four speakers to deal with the practice of self-tracking in four different domains of personal life. You can watch the talks below.
1. Why the Algorithmic Self? (Introduction)
2. The Algorithmic Self at Play (Jane Walsh - NUIG)
Dr Jane Walsh from the mHealth research cluster at NUIG spoke about the rise of self-tracking and wearables in health and fitness. She looked at the explosion in this technology in the recent past, the lack of evidence for its effectiveness in changing behaviour, and the potential risks that arise from its use.