BIO:

Featured in Wired, Mashable, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, and Businessweek. Interviewed by NPR, the BBC, and Fox News. Purveyor of TED talks. Subject of TED talks. And now headlined by Showtime’s Dark Net.

 

Chris Dancy is touted as “the Most Connected Human on Earth,” and the world is watching those connections carefully. For 25 years, Dancy has served in leadership within the technology and healthcare industries, specializing in the intersection of the two. Chris entered the public dialog concerning digital health as the media started to focus on wearable technology. He earned his moniker by utilizing up to 700 sensors, devices, applications, and services to track, analyze, and optimize his life--from his calorie intake to his spiritual well-being. This quantification enables him to see the connections of otherwise invisible data, resulting in dramatic upgrades to his health, productivity, and quality of life.

 

A noted keynote speaker and executive workshop retreat facilitator, Chris guides organizations and audiences on a journey--a disruptive, breathtaking journey--into the future of computing, when behavior becomes the ultimate interface.

 

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VIDEO STORIES:

 

2017 TELIA Sweden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cuo6sD4VN0w

2016 Vodafone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It94Xek2nTY

2016 Showtime: http://www.sho.com/sho/dark-net/season/1/episode/2  

2016 Showtime (Behind the scenes): http://www.chrisdancy.com/darknet 

2014 BusinessWeek: http://www.bloomberg.com/video/meet-the-world-s-most-connected-man-Vs~LzkbkR7yhjza~7nji1g.html 

2014 Mashable: http://youtu.be/qdCQUHxVxfk?list=PLSKUhDnoJjYmGeQ1iy3tNC3j72ft5YZzJ 

2014-2012 - International and other bios, stage events and interviews: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEHjHqZGx5SHJO6UMn6dw-yQm67lSFNxT 

 

RECORDED RECENT EVENTS:

NextM Stage and Media Event 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKoecpq6sag

Colorado Innovation Summit Overview 2015: https://youtu.be/Fsv86x0pP5A?t=3m49s 

StreetFight March 2015 (30 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U-tC11KydY 

Nestle Purina Innovation Summit 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5zfwIQyoQQ 

TEDxVienna November 2014 (16 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FSrxBMblAk 

GroupM:  October 2014 (19 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=- SWpGGbCuDE&list=UU_1ky1Q54IG2BgU5uR5IE2w    

M2M Symposium October 2014 (1 hours) http://youtu.be/D9zVCcF2eb0 

What’s Next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SWpGGbCuDE 

 

SOCIAL:

 

BRAG SHEET:

 

NUMBERS:

TWITTER: 28K Followers @chrisdancy NOTE: formerly a verified account until I switched my name. (My followers also follow Bill Gates and President Obama.

YOUTUBE TED TALK-42K

YOUTUBE VIEWS: 100K

SLIDESHARE VIEWS: 90K

PODCAST: 500K listeners since 2014 (Soundcloud and Itunes combined) 

FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN/GOOGLE PLUS/INSTAGRAM :5K Followers

SLIDESHARE/YOUTUBE

LIVE AUDIENCE: 100K people since 2014

 

CONFERENCES:

SXSW, TEDx, LeWeb, Cannes Lions, DreamForce 

 

CLIENTS PUBLIC (Briefings/ Conferences / Meetings)

Salesforce, Coke, AHIP, 3M, Humana, Teliasonera, GroupM, Underman, Air New Zealand, American Banker, The LDS Church, HP, State of Colorado, Ovum, HDI, Pink Elephant, BMC, ServiceNow, itSMF, SDI, 

 

CLIENT PRIVATE: (Briefings/ Conferences / Meetings)

Google, Nike, Senator First, 10 Downing Street (Andew Pike), Calvin Klien, ADP, Campbells, AutoDesk, Sharecare, Jawbone, LinkedIn, Gartner, Ikea, Singularity University, Mitek, Healthways, BMW, IKEA, FitBit

 

ALLBIGNAME MEDIA (2014-2017):

BBC, WSJ, FOX News, Showtime, Wired, Financial Times, TechCrunch, NPR, Variety, Bloomberg TB, Financial Times, Mashable, The Guardian, Forbes, Esquire, CNN, VentureBeat, BuzzFeed, Business Insider, CIO, PSFK, Vice (Motherboard)

 

Hundreds of international magazines, television shows, documentaries and news features in 21 languages.

 

ODD MEDIA:

The Economist - Filmed a video piece that they only ever used internally (2014)

 

 

IMPORTANT MENTIONS / INTERVIEWS:

  • New York Times (2016) - Calls out my episode and my segment “I see people as piles of data"
  • Showtime (2016) - DarkNet Episode 2, "Upgrade)
  • Wired -(2015)  “If there is one person to speak on the Quantified self movement it’s Chris Dancy"
  • BusinessWeek (2014)- Cover, title page and news story and video bio. Web spread. 
  • Mashable (2014) - Two stories, video bio. 
  • BBC (2014) - Radio Interview
  • WSJ (2014) - Video Interview
  • NPR (2013 / 2014) - Audio Interview

 

INTERESTING OTHER MEDIA FOCUSING ON MY JOURNEY:

  • Five PHD Thesis
  • Four Books 
  • Three Inflight magazines
  • Two Ted talks (about me)
  • One Children show

 

Extra Credit: An attraction on my work lives in an art exhibit in Toronto, Canada 

 

ODD NOTATIONS:

  • Esquire “Why does the most connect man also have to be the most stylish"
  • VICE (motherboard) “Internet video of the year 2013)
  • Dirty Pop with Lance Bass on Sirius XM radio interview after wining a charity auction. 
  • First Google hangout on Stage with Google product manager in 2013.

 

PAST REQUEST TURNED DOWN:

  • NatGeo, Discovery Channel Fox, International

 

FUTURE BRAG:

  • St Martin’s Press Autobiography 2018
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CARRER OVERVIEW:

 

  • 2017 - Signed to St Martin’s Press for breakthrough book on Digital Wellbeing and Happiness
  • 2016 - Showtime special featuring life as patient zero in the digital health revolution.
  • 2016 - Compassware, a stealth digital therapeutics startup founded. 
  • 2015 - First to market with consumer wellness application “Compass” utilizing behavior as a platform and social graph as a communication engine for behavior feedback. 
  • 2014 - Cover of BusinessWeek Global Tech issue, TEDx Austria, Fox News, globally recognized leader in digital wellbeing, wearables and connected health systems. 
  • 2013 - WSJ, Techcrunch, BBC, Wired Magazine for connected personal health platform. 
  • 2012 - First to market with innovation award winning MyIT product from BMC Software. The world’s first patent award location aware support application. 
  • 2012 - Founder global follow the sun conference TFT
  • 2011 - First to market with innovation award winning social feed for cloud platform ServiceNow.
  • 2010 - Social IT IP sold to Pink Elephant corporation.
  • 2009 - International Podcast started for ITSM Professionals, 5 countries audience in the millions. 
  • 2008 - Founded Servicesphere, SaaS IT Service Desk Company and Social IT company

OTHER MEDIA LIST:

 

Bloomberg TV 2013 

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/using-sensors-to-track-your-entire-life-67q3ZGiERROz9vnEjniD_A.html (video)

 

Wired 2013 - Inteview via google hangout http://www.wired.com/2013/02/dancy-chat/ (Video)

 

American Public Radio 2013

http://www.thestory.org/stories/2013-05/man-who-quantifies-every-moment-every-day (audio)

 

NPR 2013 - http://www.cpr.org/news/story/man-who-measures-everything (Audio)

 

Buddhist Geeks 2013 - http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2013/10/bg-298-quantified-selflessness/ (audio with transcript) 

 

Hansel Minutes 2013 http://hanselminutes.com/399/chris-dancy-the-worlds-most-quantified-man-explains-the-quantified-self (Audio)

 

WGN Radio 2014 http://wgnradio.com/2014/03/31/chris-dancy/ (audio)

 

TV NZ 2014 http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/dancy-connected-man-video-5934242 (video)

 

Mashable 2014

http://mashable.com/2014/08/21/most-connected-man/#PUUPCiFSakqo (Video)

 

BBC World Service (2014

https://soundcloud.com/mindfulcyborgs/bbc-world-service-the-worlds?in=mindfulcyborgs/sets/chris-dancy-interviews (Audio)

 

Radio NZ 2014 http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2593012/gadget-man-chris-dancy (audio)

 

American Banker

http://www.americanbanker.com/video/qa-with-chris-dancy-how-to-help-customers-live-data-assisted-lives-1067752-1.html (video)

 

Bloomberg 2014 (global tech video companion to magazine cover)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/b/56cf8bce-46e4-47bc-a18f-36beee78e2d6 (video)

 

Innovation Crush 2014

https://soundcloud.com/innovationcrush/43-half-man-half-gadget (audio)

 

WallStreet Journal 2014

http://www.wsj.com/video/is-this-the-world-most-connected-man-in-the-world/465EDB01-B1BE-4764-BA1C-81C2CF898A1F.html#!465EDB01-B1BE-4764-BA1C-81C2CF898A1F (Video)

 

FoxNews 2014

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/3403878051001/a-reallife-cyborg-here-is-the-worlds-most-connected-man/#sp=show-clips (Video)

 

Maggs on Media 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw-vLh5p5m4&feature=youtu.be (Part 1)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUnZhgzPT40&feature=youtu.be (Part 2) (Video)

 

KCRW Radio 2015

http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/to-the-point/body-hacking-the-benefits-and-unintended-consequences#seg-fitness-tracking-the-benefits-and-unintended-consequences (audio)

 

Emerge Podcast 2015

https://soundcloud.com/emergepodcast/emerge-002-chris-dancy-smartphone-loneliness (Audio)

 

The longevity show 2016

http://hartmanmedia.com/?s=Dancy (Audio)

 

Denmark TV 2016

http://nyheder.tv2.dk/tech/2016-03-02-verdens-mest-opkoblede-mand-i-danmark (Video)

 

Flashforward 2016

http://www.flashforwardpod.com/2016/03/08/episode-06-my-everything-pal/ (Audio)

 

Legendary Life 2016 

http://www.legendarylifepodcast.com/nutrition/151-chris-dancy-technology-impacts-physical-emotional-health/ (Audio)

 

Digital Mindfulness 2016

http://digitalmindfulness.net/35-chris-dancy/ (audio)

 

TV4 2016

http://www.tv4play.se/program/nyhetsmorgon?video_id=3294692&utm_medium=sharing&utm_source=permalink&utm_campaign=tv4play.se (Video)

 

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RECORDED RECENT EVENTS:

Colorado Innovation Summit Overview 2015: https://youtu.be/Fsv86x0pP5A?t=3m49s

StreetFight March 2015 (30 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U-tC11KydY

Nestle Purina Innovation Summit 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5zfwIQyoQQ

TEDxVienna November 2014 (16 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FSrxBMblAk

GroupM:  October 2014 (19 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=- SWpGGbCuDE&list=UU_1ky1Q54IG2BgU5uR5IE2w

M2M Symposium October 2014 (1 hours) http://youtu.be/D9zVCcF2eb0

What’s Next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SWpGGbCuDE

 

---------INTERESTING MOMENTS-------

2012 - LeWeb - First public google hangouts for Google https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_b4YBIRCSU&list=PL66AB0244F7197E70&index=5&feature=plpp_video (video)

2013 - On stage London, wearing sensors while giving a presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJm2XhUKmAg (video)

2013 - Safesforce Dreamforce keynote on the future of mobile http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2013/10/bg-298-quantified-selflessness/ (video)

2013 - Rise of the Inner-Net Video (Gets close to 200K videos in three months) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZOQkp80_BU&feature=youtu.be (video)

PULL QUOTES:

 

Westspace journal 2013 -

“digital cave drawing”

 “online version of himself”

 “in a cyber k-hole”

 “The future of work involves your ability to understand your relationship to data and actually derive meaning from your ability to make changes based on the data.”

  “It dawned on me the other day that everywhere I look I see data like it is real, or like it is human. Once you see data, you can’t unsee it.”

  “If I look around the room, I don’t see this water pitcher. I see how much water is in it, how much pressure it is putting on the desk, what direction it is placed in, what state it is in, how much the temperature has changed during the interview, and what it would look like in 3 hours based on its current state if it didn’t change now that I’ve picked it up.”

 . “Links are somehow more real than articulation. There is something very powerful when you can send someone a moment or a state.”

 “When you make data driven decisions, there is going to be some fall out.”

 

 2013 - Digitalia

 He says the ability to ‘search your life’ is profoundly powerful, adding: ‘I call it perspective as a service.’ The opportunities are huge, he believes. ‘Facebook, for example, doesn’t let you have access to all the data they have on you. I think we’re going to start to pivot away from data collection to data empowerment.’

  ‘People in first world nations don’t really do much for work. We spend all of our day in our inboxes in some sort of office suite. We don’t produce anything.

‘I think if we could actually quantify the actual work we do, like how much time do you spend in all these other systems, we could create new patterns and workflow that could reinvigorate the economy.’

 

 Finanical Times 2013 (no quote)

 The overall benefit is empowering people to optimise their environment for their day-to-day activities and making them masters rather than victims of their data. Unlike the mechanic plugging a computer into a car to read its vital signs, we would no longer be the human middleware between machines.

 

 LiveScience2013

 "Smart houses allow life to continue, but become assistive — or, in some cases, become adaptive,"

"The refrigerator by itself is not very smart," Dancy said of the latest Internet-connected appliances. "The refrigerator talking to the lights talking to the grocery store is supersmart. [It's] the Internet of everybody."

 

Tech Crunch 2014 

"Media is not owned or created but fleeting and temporary like the services we consume.

 

We buy things literally a touch of a finger from iTunes, never hold our purchases and then share them with people we have never met.

 

While many speculate that security is a sound reason for the shift, ultimately, apps like snapchat with their recent release are building in versions that actually reverse the tide in the ability to save off the media.

 

The ephemeral age will be defined by what social media theorist Nathan Jurgenson calls the “Liquid Self”.  Identity in 2014 will be the temporary state we take in our moment by moment temporary services and post identity narrative."

 

TechCrunch 2014 -

“Inception (like the movie) IT is when assistants, factory workers and everyday Joes user API wrappers to change the very fabric of the organization,” Dancy said in an email interview. “It gives assistants, factory workers and everyday Joes API wrappers to change the very fabric of the organization. ”

 

CIO 2014

 "[Don't] engage in trickery and manipulation. Align yourself with your innate gifts and passions, and share them with the world." Why will this help you stand out? "Not many people actually do this," Dancy says. 

 

CNN 2014

 "I can't imagine a system to take value readings of my mind for a remote company being used for good. It's a dark path."

 

LDS Church 2014 

“We are putting are lives online, and we are putting our deaths online,”

 

Cup of Joe 2014

“Service providers like Facebook, Twitter, Simple Bank and other consumer focusing services have started sharing a look back view of customers data,”

“What I call ‘Perspective as a service,’ IT Departments of the future will have to allow customers to view their interactions in a way that is flattering to the customer. We can no longer have portals that just reflect a history of problems and request. Consumers want to quantify their relationship. The age of the quantified enterprise IT department is here.”

 

IEEE 2014

"There could be a data Elysium.” 

 

Mashable 2014 (1)

"I feel empowered but a bit scared by the looming future of connected humans that can't handle Facebook much less a relationship with their life data," he said. "I do think it's urgent that people look at the data they are creating and giving away.

 

"So much of our value to our employers, family and peers can be used in ways to make our lives better — instead of lining the pockets of mega-institutions that want to keep our attention."

 

IEET 2014 (2)

"Don't confuse the speed of technological change with the volume of information. Instead focus on exploring your own INNER NET"

 

The Guardian 2014

“I spent the last four years connecting all the devices that I wear to all the smart technology in my home, and piping all that data through to a single online platform, so I can search my entire life. I call it my ‘inner-net’.”

 

“The house knows my behaviours,” he says. “If I get really stressed out and don’t sleep well, when I wake up the light is a certain colour, the room a particular temperature, and certain music plays. My entire life is preconditioned based on all this information that I collect in real time.”

 

“data-assisted living” 

 

“I was just at a restaurant in Denver, and I was like ‘what did I eat here last time?’ So I went through all the photos from that day, and could see exactly what meal it was,” he says. “There’s some other neat stuff, like when I have a meeting with someone on my calendar, all my sensors lock into that, so instead of getting a LinkedIn profile, I’ll get how they made me feel the first time I met them. And my Spotify knows not to play music of a certain beats per minute if it’s someone really stressful.”

 

“All this stuff has to go away,” he says. “It all needs to be in my clothing. Why can’t your shoes have haptic sensors in them, so if you’re walking you don’t need GPS – your shoe just vibrates left or right. I think this low-friction, ambient feedback is really the future, but for now we have to strap all this stuff on and look silly.”

 

PSFK 2014

There will be no one major wearable product. I do see the rise of a “Human operating system” or what I call “Existence as a Platform”. The biggest thing we will see in the next five years will be these different devices working together and creating lifestyle systems with receipts for goals or outcomes. This is how I have created my system and this is how these systems will be forced to evolve. Humans and their environment are the next big business to change the globe. We will leave the “Internet” and create the “Inner-net.”

 

The Daily Mail 2014

‘When I touch something, I try to make sure it’s a something that I can get information out of so I can track, then search it, visualise it and share it with people who might want that piece of it.

‘I know now what to drink, what to eat, when to sleep and when to actually make myself get up. Very simple things like that.

‘It’s body and mind hacking. Just like we hack computers and any type of data, your body and your mind is the greatest information system humanity has ever known and understanding it makes it hackable.’

 

‘It’s not about a refrigerator that knows you’re out of butter. It is about a lighting system that says take an umbrella, it’s going to rain in an hour, just by flashing blue near your front door. No one needs something to read their texts or talk to you, they just need subtle reminders.’

In his video, Mr Dancy pronounced the internet dead and said: 'The "innernet" - the information of you - is the future'.

 

FORBES 2014

“I walk around looking at everything like it’s data,” Dancy said, only half-jokingly. “My biggest fear, and we’re seeing a lot of this in enterprise now, is that you can quantify a lot of work.” That data — “hard data,” as he described it — could be used against workers on performance reviews. “You cannot judge someone day by day on hard data,” he said. “You’re a human, and you don’t have repeatable processes like machines.”

 

“Let’s give blue-collar workers the opportunity to opt in,” said Dancy. “It’s all about empowerment.”

 

NZ Hearld 2014

"There is a double-edged sword to information," Dancy said. "They say information is power but you have to be careful with it."

 

"You search your life. You use your life like a GPS. You can see how things are going at any given point in time."

 

Stuff NZ 2014 -

"I want to live life and I think information should just be the guide rails and anti-skid braking system for that.

 

"The effort to do what I have done would not be worth it for most people but I think there are things most people could do that are very simple which would give them a better relationship to what I call their own ‘data exhaust'."

 

"Your grocery store won't give you that information now, but knowing how healthily you are shopping is worth more than 10 cents off toothpaste."

 

 DW 2014

 " If I meet new people I try not to talk about a lot of this, because the first thing they ask is, 'Am I being recorded?' But everyone's being recorded. You can't leave your house in the United States without a traffic camera recording you and a satellite seeing your car. You're being recorded everywhere - your lack of awareness of the recording is really the problem."

 

 BusinessWeek 2014 

 In March, Dancy left his job as an information technology director at a software company in Denver to go full-time making presentations about “data-assisted living.” He speaks at conferences on health, finance, technology, and just about anything else. “They don’t pay a lot, but I’m hoping they pay enough that I can keep myself going,” he says. And if he does go broke, he’ll know exactly how it happened.

 

 WallStreet Journal 2014

 “I want to force a global dialogue for companies to give back some of the information they collect and not just take take take,”

 

 Ogilivy 2014

So how do brands tap into this? Dancy uses the restaurant chain Applebee’s as an example. “Everybody is ordering via tablets. Wouldn’t it be nice if you logged in with FitBit, and the menu just showed you the things you can have? And if you’ve been really active that day, it’ll show you the bigger items on the menu. That’s a fun way to use information. The best use of big data is to remove things from the environment.”

 

Mashable 2014 

"Everyone wants to know if they will be like me in the future, but everyone is already like me; they just don't think about it like that," he says. "Your phone is already collecting information about you and your life. If you use a credit card or a car GPS system, you're already being tracked. But that's Big Brother. When you take control of it yourself, that's Big Mother, and that relationship is nurturing, kind and not controlling.

 

"I'm the most connected man in the world to myself," he says. "I'm not the most connected man in the world to technology. Technology was the route."

 

"I'm very purposeful in how I choose devices and where they go in the house," he says. "I want visitors to feel comfortable. People want a relationship with what's familiar to them; that's why we crave nostalgia and things from the '90s right now."

 

 "If you put Google Glass on someone who has never used it before, you can tell how abused they've been by technology. They'll start swatting at it or talking really loud. Technology isn't always kind, and it should be."

 

 "On the other hand, so many people still don't have access to Wi-Fi. It's a fine line between the have and have nots. Privacy and powering down is a privilege." 

 

 "It's hard not to look at you and see piles of data," 

 

 Dancy says people don't understand. They constantly (and nervously) ask, "Are you recording me?" Some inquire why he wears so many devices, too. "But you wouldn't ask that to someone who has an insulin pump, a pacemaker or eyeglasses," he says. "We pathologize tech. We used to do it to people who use social media and now we're doing it to those who use information. You don't need to fetishize me. I am you, just a few years from now."

 

 "You can manipulate social media and soft data to make it look like you're happy, but it's difficult to manipulate hard data."

 

 "There are some things I miss about meeting people the way I used to meet them," he says, adding that now they are a part of his data story. "Sometimes I'll feel really lonely in that. We're already watching and judging people without technology, so sometimes I'm disadvantaged in having a relationship with someone who is just beautiful and soft and kind … because of all the data I see, too.

 

"Being aware is not for the faint of heart," he says. "I think aware people live alone on a mountain."

 

"If we keep judging people based on their relationship with technology and not our relationship with the perception of that, we’re doomed," 

 

 "I wouldn't say we broke up because of the data, but the data was a part of it. I changed a lot.

 

“I don't look anything like I did a few years ago, and that's really hard on a relationship. In so many ways, he was continuing to date the person I was and I continued to be in the relationship as the person I was … but I was different.” 

 

"I think [companies] will have applications for the home and body,” he predicts. "Instead of computers and iPhones, you will be the interface. Life should just happen, and we'll eventually get back to that point."

 

"People ask me all the time, 'Are we all going to be like you in the future?' I always say, 'Gosh, I hope not.' This is a ridiculous way to live [and look]," he says, "but people will become less aware of the wearables we have — it will be embedded into our clothing."

 

 

The Guardian 2014

“The house now knows my behaviours,” he says, looking up from behind his Google Glass headset, a lapel-cam tracking his chest’s-eye-view and assorted rubbery straps protruding from beneath his cuffs. “If I get really stressed out and don’t sleep well, when I wake up the light is a certain colour, the room a particular temperature, and certain music plays. My entire life is preconditioned based on all this information that I collect in real time.”

 

He says his regime of “data-assisted living”, which he has been pursuing for the past four years, has revolutionised his life, helping him to lose 100 pounds in 18 months. He can now live in a state of zen-like calm, safe in the knowledge that every aspect of his home has been personally optimised.

 

Air New Zealand 2014

“As humans, I think we prefer consistently average experiences over inconsistently good ones. Dealing with humans is inconsistently wonderful. Dealing with machines is consistently average. We’ll take consistently average over inconsistently happy any day,” said Dancy.

 

“Existence as a platform is very simple,” said Dancy. “It’s taking the quantified self, all of the sensors, anything you can measure, the internet of things and creating a platform. I like to refer to it as the ‘inner-net.’”

 

The Irish Times 2014

“Who wants to be the most connected man? You just want to be human,” he says with a sigh.

“Princess Diana was the people’s princess, well I like to think of myself as the people’s data,” he says, laughing. “I don’t consider myself any more advanced than anyone else; I do consider myself more aware.”

“We don’t need pills, we need skills. I think data can do that. If we critically use our information we can learn so much about ourselves,”

“Well, your future selfie won’t be a picture of you on a roller-coaster; it will be your heart rate and blood work showing your authentic fear,”

“Your body is a platform for information – you just don’t know it yet.”

 

Econmic Times 2014

"My biggest insight has been a rapid awakening of my mind and my body. The other major insight I had during this time was about how much time I spent in routines. We have no idea how conditioned we are to go just through the motions," he says. 

 

Klick Health 2014

Any attempt at writing about Chris Dancy, “the most connected human on Earth” explodes with the paradox of having too much information and not enough. Self-proclaimed “tech fluffer, data exhaust cartographer, apopheniac, and purveyor of bespoke existence maps,” Chris is as sensitive and poetic as he remains stubbornly and compulsively analytical.

 

Telia Carrier 2015

“We are shaped by the systems we interact with. Take social media. As soon as we log in, it shapes our experience according to what it knows about us. The more we share, the richer our experience.”

 

“the Internet needs to disappear. When it’s just there, that’s when it will begin to feel more natural. Then we can just get on with it”.

 

MEDIACOM 2015

 

“Just consuming mountains of information creates problems, and may distract you from the things you care most about.” 

 

“One of the barriers to tracking is that it takes a lot of work. If you’ve used Jawbone or other wearables, it’s easy to just forget to turn them on,” he says. And as for all the apps currently available? “Some of them are pretty abusive, either yelling or beeping at you for not walking or for overeating. That’s not likely to be very motivating.”

 

“Artificial intelligence will never be able to use our senses and, at this point, at least, it won’t be able to love for us,”

 

“Selling that level of information to retailers is a road we can't turn back from once we start. You don't want to be remembered at your memorial service through your heart rate coupons from the grocery store,” 

 

“For me personally, any tool that augments my ability to be kind, generous or see a connection to other humans in a way that gives me added perspective is clearly augmenting our humanity. Tools at this level add to our collective ‘human-kind-ness’,”

 

“Tools that force us into a relationship with information that is controlled by algorithms, tools that don't allow for choice, flexibility or even make us see information we may not like , that’s what’s killing us, slowly, with every click we take.” 

 

New York Times 2016

“For me, relationships are difficult,” he admits. “I see people as just a pile of information.” He compares data to heroin: Having it only makes you want more. The same technology that made him physically fit is dehumanizing him.

 

Flashforward 2016

“They will follow me on twitter to see what I’m thinking, they will LinkIn to me to see where I work, they will friend me on Facebook to find out what I like, Follow me on Spotify to hear to my favorite music, connect to me on Myfitness pal to see what I’m eating, share with me on fitbit to see how I am sleeping, request sharing to 23 and me to see what diseases I will have in the future, but at what point do you need to tell your friends, how much information do you need on me to pick up the fucking phone and call me”

 

2016 ShowTime Dark Net

"we've become these kind of auto complete systems we want people to answer us like Google pictures, us like Instagram and talk to us like Twitter but we weren't built for this"

 

"technology today it's all about data, were the first generation to have a choice in how we record our lives, and data absolutely makes lonley because all doesn't make us crave more data.  I'm tracking mattress movement, body movement body temperature, blood pressure, blood oxygen, body weight, the air quality, temperature, humidity, light, sound, what am I eatting, who am I with, what am I watching on TV. I've been called the world's most connected human, in the car i have a sensor that measures how often I'm accelerating,  how often heartbreaking, how often I'm going over the speedlimit. We've become a society people who are just billboards for behavior,  look at me

behaving this way!, But for me, I went a level further, I've become this dashboard, so my closest friends and family new intimate details about my behavior and biology, they were learning more about me through my behavior online than actually talking to me. We have a huge responsibility because so much of a kind of quantified self is being taken by corporate america today and the digitization of your health records shouldn't be something that should never be subject to commerce. I've made it, my kind of personal mission over the next ten years to make sure that every single person understands what they could do with their information if they had access to it and they care about it as much as corporations.  You are you're worthy of your own attention.

 

Colorado Innovation Summit 2016

"If you could Wikipedia your life, you'd instantly start to get better,  because you are full of answers. You don't get better by counting steps you get better by taking them."