Can	  Personal	  Lifestreams	  Provide	  Data	  for	  Public	  Good?	                   #sxsw	  #lifedata	                ...
Lifestream:	  A	  -me-­‐ordered	  stream	  of	  documents	  that	  func-ons	  as	  a	  diary	  of	  your	  electronic	  li...
More	  lifestream	  data	  exists	  today	  than	  ever	  before	  imagined	  
We	  tend	  to	  focus	  on	  the	  side	  of	  the	  lifestream	  coin	  can	  bite.	  
“If	  I’ve	  Googled	  “diabetes”	  for	  a	  friend	  or	  “date	  rape	  drugs”	  for	  a	  mystery	  I’m	  wriDng,	  da...
“Your	  wallet	  PC	  will	  be	  able	  to	  keep	  audio,	  Dme,	  locaDon,	  and	  eventually	  even	  video	  records	...
The	  previous	  quote	  was	  from	  Bill	  Gates	  in	  1995	  in	  his	  book	  The	  Road	  Ahead	  
There	  are	  two	  sides	  of	  the	  lifestream	  coin.	  How	  can	  personal	  lifestream	  data	  being	  used	  for	...
Catch.com:	  A	  private	  lifestream	  for	  your	  own	  goals	  and	  projects,	  producRvity	  and	  self-­‐reflecRon	  
Example:	  Lifestream	  data	  can	  be	  shared	  and	  aggregated	  for	  shared	  goals	  and	  projects,	  including	 ...
Example:	  California	  Roadkill	  ObservaRon	  System	  aggregates	  data	  from	  concerned	  ciRzens	  
Example:	  CiRzen-­‐reported	  data	  tracking	  the	  impact	  and	  status	  of	  the	  Gulf	  Oil	  Spill	  
Example:	  Ushahidi	  is	  a	  plaZorm	  for	  aggregaRng	  ciRzen-­‐reported	  data	  on	  any	  issue.	  Started	  in	  ...
Juliana	  Ro:ch	  -­‐	  ExecuRve	  Director	  
Ushahidi	  is	  now	  used	  worldwide,	  including	  in	  applicaRons	  for	  public	  health	  surveillance	  in	  the	 ...
Health	  Buddy:	  Successful	  early	  pioneer	  of	  self-­‐reported	  personal	  health	  status	  data	  designed	  to	...
AutomaRcally	  adding	  lifestream	  data	  from	  drug	  delivery	  devices	  can	  help	  idenRfy	  and	  address	  envi...
What	  if	  we	  had	  the	  lifestream	  data	  on	  the	  100	  year	  old	  smokers	  who	  DIDN’T	  get	  cancer?	  Pe...
Shawn	  Achor	  studies	  the	  posiRve	  outliers	  to	  help	  understand	  how	  we	  all	  can	  improve	  ourselves.	...
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good
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We move through our days with our smartphone apps in hand and mind, noticing and tracking our ideas and experiences into personal lifestreams of information. Can the data we're recording about our daily progress be used for the greater public good? This conversation will explore the potential for integrating information from individuals' mobile apps into aggregated data sets in areas as diverse as cultural trends, medicine and environmental science. From our presentation at SXSW Interactive, Monday, March 12, 2012
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Can Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good

  1. 1. Can  Personal  Lifestreams  Provide  Data  for  Public  Good?   #sxsw  #lifedata     Steve  Brown  @brown2020   Shawn  Achor  @shawnachor  
  2. 2. Lifestream:  A  -me-­‐ordered  stream  of  documents  that  func-ons  as  a  diary  of  your  electronic  life;  every  document  you  create  and  every  document  other  people  send  you  is  stored  in  your  lifestream.    -­‐  Eric  Freeman  and  David  Gelernter,  1995  
  3. 3. More  lifestream  data  exists  today  than  ever  before  imagined  
  4. 4. We  tend  to  focus  on  the  side  of  the  lifestream  coin  can  bite.  
  5. 5. “If  I’ve  Googled  “diabetes”  for  a  friend  or  “date  rape  drugs”  for  a  mystery  I’m  wriDng,  data  aggregators  assume  those  searches  reflect  my  own  health  and  procliviDes.”  Facebook  Is  Using  You  February  4,  2012  
  6. 6. “Your  wallet  PC  will  be  able  to  keep  audio,  Dme,  locaDon,  and  eventually  even  video  records  of  everything  that  happens  to  you.  It  will  be  able  to  record  every  word  you  say  and  every  word  said  to  you,  as  well  as  your  body  temperature,  your  blood  pressure,  the  barometric  pressure,  and  a  variety  of  other  data  about  you  and  your  surroundings.…  It  will  be  able  to  track  your  interacDons  with  the  network—all  of  the  commands  you  issue,  the  messages  you  send,  the  people  you  call  or  who  call  you.”  
  7. 7. The  previous  quote  was  from  Bill  Gates  in  1995  in  his  book  The  Road  Ahead  
  8. 8. There  are  two  sides  of  the  lifestream  coin.  How  can  personal  lifestream  data  being  used  for  good?  
  9. 9. Catch.com:  A  private  lifestream  for  your  own  goals  and  projects,  producRvity  and  self-­‐reflecRon  
  10. 10. Example:  Lifestream  data  can  be  shared  and  aggregated  for  shared  goals  and  projects,  including  ciRzen  science  and  environment  protecRon  from  apps  related  to  topics  you  care  about.  
  11. 11. Example:  California  Roadkill  ObservaRon  System  aggregates  data  from  concerned  ciRzens  
  12. 12. Example:  CiRzen-­‐reported  data  tracking  the  impact  and  status  of  the  Gulf  Oil  Spill  
  13. 13. Example:  Ushahidi  is  a  plaZorm  for  aggregaRng  ciRzen-­‐reported  data  on  any  issue.  Started  in  Africa  to  report  and  share  reports  of  violence  a[er  an  elecRon  in  Kenya.  
  14. 14. Juliana  Ro:ch  -­‐  ExecuRve  Director  
  15. 15. Ushahidi  is  now  used  worldwide,  including  in  applicaRons  for  public  health  surveillance  in  the  US.  
  16. 16. Health  Buddy:  Successful  early  pioneer  of  self-­‐reported  personal  health  status  data  designed  to  improve  chronic  care  and  reduce  hospital  admissions.  
  17. 17. AutomaRcally  adding  lifestream  data  from  drug  delivery  devices  can  help  idenRfy  and  address  environmental  causes  of  asthma  and  pa^erns  in  treatment  
  18. 18. What  if  we  had  the  lifestream  data  on  the  100  year  old  smokers  who  DIDN’T  get  cancer?  Perhaps  we  could  find  some  clues  that  lead  us  toward  new  treatments  and  cures.  
  19. 19. Shawn  Achor  studies  the  posiRve  outliers  to  help  understand  how  we  all  can  improve  ourselves.  This  field  will  advance  rapidly  as  more  and  more  lifestream  data  starts  to  be  shared  for  public  good.  

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