Many of my earliest questions came from the inablity of medical providers to understand my history. I began taking notes on cell phones, scanning my medical records and recording my doctor visits audio.
2009 Body as a platform
My first platform design. A simple link between any techology and my body.
By 2010 I started experimenting in patient communities, using big data services like "Flu near you". I quickly moved to wearable computing and internal body services like "23 and me".
My system was getting too complex to manage.
I organized a routine to
1. Collect - Collect data in a low friction way. Requiring little or no effort to record data.
2. Protect - Categorize my data by life mode.
3. Reflect- Organize the data by weighted importance based on "maslow's hierarchy of needs"
4. Project - Move data into my environment, storage systems and make it available to act upon.
2011 Weighting v1
My first attempt to weight data was using "Maslow's hierarchy of needs". As i purchased applications, sensors, services or devices, I looked at the "need" in my life for these processes.
2011 Data as a Platform
By 2011 I was weighing data by reputation (category and importance) and starting to color code the data within my system.
2012 Going public
I attended "Cyborg Camp". During the event Amber Case asked me to share my project with the cyborgs! My photos from the event are here.
2012 Going digital
By early 2012 it was obvious my entire life was being eaten by software. I quickly expanded my organization system to move data into categories. Many systems would not let me export my data so I would setup fake twitter accounts to "share" my data and then use tools to scrape twitter for my data.
2013 Data management
Using a combination of Zapier, RSS, ifTTT, yahoo pipes I move data in and out of my life systems. Teemu Arina a biohacker in the nordics has created a great chart to illustrate this flow.
2013 Weighting v2
My second attempt to weight data was using data by identity type.
Soft data - Any data created where I constructed an identity. Facebook posts, blogging, opinions, reviews.
Hard data - Data that is hard to manipulate like heart rate, respiration, air temperature, light levels, sound decibels. Things that couldn't be enhanced for my image via social media.
Core data - The facts of life. DNA, blood work, Microbiomes.
With the new weighting system, I could validate not only the type of data but verify it's accuracy in the hierarchy of knowledge.
2013 Existence as a Platform
With fully functioning system of data collection, I was able to start programing my environment and phone to send me alerts to change behaviors. The rest is "christory"
Much of my early tracking was based on evaluating, weighing and categorizing my data. This system allowed me to make massive changes to my life but left me feeling isolated.
Starting in 2014 I needed to adjust my systems to measure more intimate things, heart rate full time, brain waves and breathing. Focusing on the contemplative aspects of my life.
2014 Weighting v3
By studying Freud and Jung, I remapped Maslow to start to reshape my identity to understand the influence of digital services my mind.
2014 Beyond tracking
Could I map mood? By combining data elements in my life and mapping them to my network of newsfeeds, friends and history, could I create a system to up lift my mood. This has been done on a massive scale by Facebook in 2014, it was called a social contagion. Facebook was a simple hack their have gone on to now allow people to edit their history and relationships. This is a DANGEROUS practice.
2015 Teemu Arina
Biohacker Teemu Arina has successfully installed my system to his life.
2015 Biohacking feedback
Biohacker Teemu Arina has used my system to create a feedback loop of his own based on these tracking principles.
In 2012 I spoke on stage in London. I allowed all my sensor data to go to the screen above me. During the talk it became obvious that the audience was more interested in me as a "dashboard" than me as a speaker. This talk is available on Youtube.
Privacy is a social construct. It is an illusion that you have control over your life and the lens of an ego that you consistently work to rebuild. For me, destroying my privacy was the most important thing I constructed.
2011-2014 Data Stories
I would often create complex single photos with my day and share them on instagram or facebook. By 2014 my data stories were combinations of photos, sound, movies and data. Instead of looking at my life through the lens of chronological time, I opted to look at the seasons of my life or what the greeks called "Kairos"
2015 Data Stories
By taking multiple complex data stories and combing them I was able to start to hack my perception of time and space. Recreating "moments" from the past in the present moment.
By studying the perception of time on the body, I now create analogy and digital triggers in my day. Much like the movie "inception" I keep a "token" to help move my mood, physical body or mind into altered states of conciosuness.
The Future of Tracking
I created an application called "Compass". It was the result of a collaboration with my employer. Compass was the world's first fully low friction data collection agent that employed bio, environmental, peer to peer and temporal feedback loops to create meaningful change for individuals, families or populations.
2016 Life browser
Your life is full of magic. You should expeirence it that way.