Showtime Greenlights Docuseries ‘Dark Net’ About Disturbing Digital World

Showtime has greenlit a new unscripted series, which will delve into the ominous and disturbing perspective of a digitally connected world. “Dark Net” is set to premiere on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 11:00 p.m.“Dark Net” hails from Vocativ, a technology and media company that applies proprietary technology to search and monitor the deep web — the 80 percent of the internet that lies beyond the reach of regular search engines.Mati Kochavi, the founder of Vocativ, created the series, which is exec produced by Danna Rabin, Vivian Schiller and David Shadrack Smith of Part2 Pictures. November 24, 2015.

Meet Compass, a new app that wants to change how you view your health data

We’re inundated by a swarm of health-related applications and often face pressure to add data to them in order for these services to spit out information that we then need to figure out. And it’s not just applications, but devices as well. Millions of people are paying for wearable devices like FitBit, Jawbone Up24, Garmin, and Misfit, but can anyone make this simpler? Entrepreneurs Amber Case and Chris Dancy both think they can, and so they’re working on a new service that’ll let you just live your life instead of worrying about the data. July 13, 2015.

A Smartwatch App That Lets Your Boss Track You Constantly

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If there’s one person qualified to speak for the individuals of the world on the subject of the quantified self, it’s probably Chris Dancy. He has spent the last six years publicly tracking nearly everything he does on the job–and more—and he warns that employees may not have the time to add this to their online social existence. He also warns that such tracking should be used merely to look for ways to change habits or behavior—not necessarily to rate the performance of every employee. April 4, 2015.

Fitness Tracking: The Benefits and Unintended Consequences

Wearable devices to monitor bodily functions now constitute a multi-billion-dollar industry. Fitbit, Jawbone Up and other gadgets keep track of your blood pressure, sleep patterns, calories burned and how many steps you take in a day. The idea is to apply technology to human biology in order to develop healthier habits, but the value of self-awareness has limits. All that data can be overwhelming — and compromise privacy. Will tracking and collecting so much personal information give new power to insurance companies and government agencies? March 6, 2015. 

How to represent a year in Numbers

As the calendar turns over to a new year, it’s useful to look back and see what the last 365 days have been all about. Looking back is always easier when you have something to look back on, and, no surprise here, self-tracking is a great help for trying to figure out how things went. That’s what makes this time of year so interesting for someone like myself. I spend a good deal of my time trying to track down real-world examples of people using personal data to explore their lives. Sometimes it’s easy, and sometimes it’s hard finding people willing to expose themselves and their data. However, when late December rolls around, I perk up because this is the time for those yearly reviews. January 25, 2015.

The Practical Guide to the Future of Medicine

I see enormous technological changes heading our way. If they hit us unprepared, which we are now, they will wash away the medical system we know and leave it a purely technology–based service without personal interaction. Such a complicated system should not be washed away. Rather, it should be consciously and purposefully redesigned piece by piece. If we are unprepared for the future, then we lose this opportunity.