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Quantifying Well-Being: Big Mother, Big Brother


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SXSW 2015 session.

Well-being isn’t only about health or even the absence of sickness. Today, it’s about purpose, social support, community, financial security and physical health. But is it possible to quantify your own personal well-being? And if so, what does the data mean and what should you do with it? This session brings one of the world’s most well-known leaders in personal data to explore the convergence of forces that combine high tech personal health tracking devices with fundamental lifestyle changes to empower people to achieve their optimal well-being. Chris Dancy, named the “The Most Connected Man on Earth” by Mashable, Fox News and the BBC. This interactive session will feature a session demonstration of "Smart phone" palmistry" where we will look at how we are embedding our lives into our devices

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Quantifying Well-Being: Big Mother, Big Brother

  1. 1. Quantifying Well-Being
  2. 2. 2 AGENDA Time isn’t now, it’s a collection of whens. EXISTENCE 20% Mission Review Timeline of project and reasons behind our choices. Marketplace Changes to the market place during our mission. Disruption Platform / Experience review. Dialog Feedback and close. 10% 30% 40% 1. Be Still 2. Take a deep breath and now…
  3. 3. 3 Christopher Matthew Dancy Pressing Issues BusinessWeek 2014 Cover Magazines BBC, Fox, WSJ TV, Radio, Movies 25 Countries Global Press Wired, NPR, TechCrunch Tech Press About Me “if there is one person qualified to speak for the individuals of the world on the subject of the quantified self it’s probably Chris Dancy” – March 2015, Wired.
  4. 4. 4 Post Privacy None of us are really that interesting. About Me • October 11, 1968 at 4:17pm, along with 10,349 others • Silver Spring, Maryland, USA • Charles and Priscilla Dancy Birth • WEIGHT: 185 • HEIGHT: 5’11inches, • BLOOD OXYGEN: 97%, • BMI: 21.5 • BLOOD PRESSURE: 101/62 • SLEEP: 7.3 hours per night • MOVE: 26 miles per week Health • September 7 2050 • HIV Resistant • 17.9% Venous Thromboembolism • 8.6% Age-related Macular Degeneration • .79% Multiple Sclerosis Death • $450,000.00 – 2013 – Federal Income Taxes • $800,000 – 2014 Home • $75,000 – 2013 Volkswagen • Williamson County - #10 for wealth and health in the USA Wealth • 65 degrees • 55 decibels • 68.2 degrees • 43% Humidity • 30.22 Pressure • CO2 601 ppm Environment
  5. 5. 5 Wellness is designed into our devices. “Why do we make sure only some devices are charged?” This is your body Go to sleep. This is your device Go to bed.
  6. 6. 6 Big Mother – “What you lose shapes you, what you recall creates you.” Losing everything teaches you to save everything. 1943 1949 1955 1965 1968 1988 JUL SEPT DEC JUN DEC JUN MAY AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Existence
  7. 7. 7 Lose yourself -“I grew up in tech, and it almost killed me.” Losing myself one day at a time. 1998 2000 2001 2003 1998 - Two Packs of cigarettes a day, 280 pounds Wake up call, my health was starting to fail and I wasn’t even 30 years old. 2000 - Drinking every weekend To mask my weight and social issues, I started drinking heavily. 2001 - Rock bottom I write to my mother and ask for help. I tell her I can’t go on, I feel lost and I don’t know who I am.. 2003 – Relationship problems, 290 pounds. My relationship of eight years starts to suffer. Existence
  8. 8. 8 Saved– “They are called senses because you’re suppose to feel them” The power of perspective, big mother versus big brother. Boxes Heavy boxes show up at my home in November 2003. Christmas morning Welcome to your life. My first 30 years Band-Aids, love letters, pomes, art, repot cards, and a diary. Existence
  9. 9. EASY EDIT CHART Section 06 – Easy Edit Chart November 4, 2004
  10. 10. 10 Why big mother? –“We upgraded from freaking out to kindness recently” Your operating system You were designed for higher functions. Ethical design is a choice. Hug the monkey Emotions, groups, kindness. Feed the mouse Eat, stay safe. Pet the lizard Freak out.
  11. 11. 11 Convenience -“Easy street is paved with your attention and populated with your privacy.” We design for convenience, not perspective. Time 1. Entertainment 2. Communications 3. Attention Identity 1. Narrative 2. Communication 3. Biology
  12. 12. “All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” - Blaise Pascal
  13. 13. 13 i-Device– ”I is also the first letter of isolation” 1998, the iMac and a decade of solutions around the individual. Existence
  14. 14. 14 SXSW 2012 – “A process framework for awareness isn't’ either” What did it take to know yourself? Knowing yourself. Existence
  15. 15. 15 SXSW 2015 – “We’ve weaponized identity” Your health is intimate data, not big data. Healthkit “It’s like the ultimate selfie” Jawbone “Look at how well I sleep” Existence
  16. 16. 18 Big Brother – “Surveillance is state based privacy” How your world is seen defines your vision. In the name of safety Hostage to the self inflected beliefs of nameless strangers. In the name of intimacy Capturer to the self inflected desires of names strangers.
  17. 17. 19 Big Mother – “Sousveillance is Identity based convenience” The corporatization of your body and home. Wearing your life on your sleeve Connecting to everything but yourself. An apple a day keeps awareness away. Connecting to everyone, touching no-THING.
  18. 18. 20 Why did I start this journey? Nothing has really happened until it’s has been recorded. Save yourself We were told to show our work, to save our games, to document our time. We live in systems We live in PC’s, mobile phones, fitness trackers, smart homes, monitored environments. We are suffering We have never had more freedom yet felt so empty, anxious and busy. Existence
  19. 19. 21 Save yourself – “Your past is filled with glorious reminders of your future” Stoned to death. 1896 Japanese tsunami stone 2011 Japanese tsunami aftermath
  20. 20. 22 Record and teach. Removing each other from the story. 700 Years Mass producing knowledge made it easier to lose and throw away. 2000 Years Multiple languages created a great loss in cultural understanding. 3500 Years Recording our versions of history. 30,000 Years Language and learning in the age of fight or flight. Existence
  21. 21. 23 Faster – “Information overload could was a renaissance” Redundant systems. 100 years 24 x 7 Culture, Globalization. 200 years Rapid information delivery rise of the anti-social system. 500 years Information overload the the renaissance. 600 years Distribution of knowledge. Existence
  22. 22. 24 Poof – “The average web page is changed or deleted every 100 days” Easy to save 50 years First Computer systems. 10 years First web social networks. Existence
  23. 23. 25 Streamed almost live Easy to consume 2015 We are losing language. 2014 We capture for no one. 2013 We hold nothing. 2012 We rent everything. Existence
  24. 24. 26 Recalled and shared The relentless now. 2015 “It’s not about your activity, it’s about proving you exist. 2015 “We are forced to remember what year it is” Existence
  25. 25. 27 We’re dissolving right in front of our own eyes. Your digital life is a lot like the ark The ability to save everything has made the value of everything nothing Yes we can stream music, movies and life, but who is watching and how? When you can speed up, slow down, pause, rewind everything you can’t stand any system that can’t keep up We are becoming a culture of walking web pages, advertising our selves. Now that we can capture share and throw every detail of our lives online, there is not need to live in anything other than the museum we’ve created. Existence
  26. 26. 28 Temporary – “Your life is so ephemeral and intimate you will pay to buy it back” Why are we buying back our behavior? January 2015, want to be healthier in the new year? So does Apple. It’s not about food or being active, it’s about remembering who you are!
  27. 27. 29 2008 The Inner-net Existence What if I told you you never had to go offline? Everything we touch is recorded. Credit cards, club cards, social sites, searches, car computers, home utilities. What could we learn if we had access to all our data, how could it change us?
  28. 28. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHO WE ARE Section 01 – About Company / Team / And Services Five Steps
  29. 29. 31 Step 1: How am I? The most intimate of information is stored where and shown to you how? My chart Digitized my chart My notes Started my own notes Paper Could not find answers Doctor Didn’t know me. Existence
  30. 30. 32 Step 1: The Worried Well. Shame and fear of not being perfect. Platforms Recreate the 1990’s IT department. Wearable Technology Measure and shame. Patient communities Compare notes. Big Data Flu trends Existence
  31. 31. 33 Step 1: Changing the future. Environments shape people, not genes Genetics The building blocks. Microbiomes The little bits. Existence
  32. 32. 34 Step 2: Who am I? Most people exist in 100-300 different digital systems. Existence
  33. 33. 35 Step 3: How do you organize a life? Who are you? Soft Data Core Data Lab results, Micro biome, genetics. The “quantified” self. Hard Data Wearable, IOT, biological and environmental data that can’t easily be manipulated. The “actual” self. Existence Digital signature, identity, tastes, preferences. The “constructed” self. The “Fluid” self. Our behavior is made up of many facets of our digital experience, ranging from what are preferences are, how our bodies and environments react to our genetic code.
  34. 34. 36 Step 4: Find what’s important. Easy to collect, categorize, prioritize and transport. Project Move my information into a repository where I can see, search and mine my information. Reflect Prioritize what’s important for me. What are my basic human needs and how do they relate to the data I’m creating? Protect Categorize my data so it makes sense and I can see how I spend my time. Collect Collect personal data with little intervention and live my life. Existence
  35. 35. 37 Step 5: How do you visualize your time? Your living behavior is the genetic code for habit change. Existence Being able to see, search, mine, toggle and review my time in a calendar, weighted to the type of information and it’s purpose in my life is a break through. Suddenly random interactions cast a shadow of meaningful insight into your day to day habits. Coincidence becomes opportunities to retool fate to put into motions different versions of a timeline.
  36. 36. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHO WE ARE Section 01 – About Company / Team / And Services Five Lessons
  37. 37. THE POWERPOINT SLIDE PLUS Value of Data
  38. 38. OTHER SLIDE CONTACT US Section 07 – Contact Us / Text Slide $10,000To know thyself should not be a financial burden.
  39. 39. $20,000Smart homes make you aware, not comfortable.
  40. 40. 42 Devices are cheap, buying me back is expensive.
  41. 41. 43 Garish displays of tech wealth are about identity. iphone $1000 30,000 dollars to be connected to automation. Macbook Pro $1000 Apple watch a$23,000 Goldmember I love gold
  42. 42. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHO WE ARE Section 01 – About Company / Team / And Services Value of Identity
  43. 43. 45 Measured to death Life itself can only be found in the data we choose to recall.
  44. 44. 46 Expectations– “We expect people to be faster and machines to be consistent.” Changing the way we behave to mimic a desired state, will create a race of robots. Identity You auto-complete me. We act like the internet. We autosuggest answers to each other. Consistently Consistently average beats occasionally amazing” Contortion Dangerous behavior for no one. We contort our body to capture moments. Judgment You are the machine. We change our behavior to avoid humans, judgment and shame. Existence
  45. 45. 47 We are defined by the systems you don’t use. Tying financial systems to customer service or health may not be the best way forward. Existence
  46. 46. 48 Smart Phone Palmistry? Are you hidden in your device? Tarot Cards The future, based on a arbitrarily arrangement of cards, picked by you and interpreted by someone else. iPhone Home Screen Battery percentage, military time, DND, Open space on screen, dock, number of icons, how they are arranged, arrangement by types, folders, position context, offline apps, replacement of default apps, settings on the home screen.
  47. 47. 49 Data exhaust Your digital behavior is a running car in the garage of your life. Existence
  48. 48. 50 We become what we bend into.
  49. 49. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHO WE ARE Section 01 – About Company / Team / And Services Value of perspective
  50. 50. 52 The world revolves around you. What if I told you there was no spoon? Environment Temperature, humidity, UV, sound, air quality, air pressure, light, radiation. Routine Light and sound bring me out of REM sleep. Existence
  51. 51. EASY EDIT CHART Section 06 – Easy Edit Chart You’re not broken, the world is.
  52. 52. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHO WE ARE Section 01 – About Company / Team / And Services Value of Behavior
  53. 53. 55 Behavior as the interface. “You’re a giant trackpad for your behavior” Convenience creates atrophy cognitive functions. pplkpr Other humans as an Interface via biology Nest Your body as the interface to your home environment. Automatic The vehicle as the interface Luna Mattress as an interface Existence
  54. 54. “Your life is a platform”
  55. 55. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHO WE ARE Section 01 – About Company / Team / And Services Value of Feedback
  56. 56. 58 UI / UX–”Shame should not be a user interface. Suffering shouldn't be a user experience.” A little perspective applied. 2015 180 pounds 2014 220 pounds 2012 280 pounds 2011 320 pounds Existence
  57. 57. OTHER SLIDE CONTACT US Section 07 – Contact Us / Text Slide “Resilience is the act of perpetual perspective.”
  58. 58. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHO WE ARE Section 01 – About Company / Team / And Services Solutions & Implications
  59. 59. 61 Billions on the ground Make it easy to review your life. 2015- Under Amour .5 Billion 2015 – Trip Advisor 200 Million 2015 – Capital One 150 Million 2014 - Facebook 100 million Existence
  60. 60. 62 Implications – “The internet of everything” The corporatization of the individual 2012 IT’S NOT A PHONE It’s gone from a phone that takes pictures, to a camera that makes calls. 2014 INTERNET TO THE BODY Apple, Google and many startup health organizations map the human body. 2014 INTERNET TO THE HOME IOT comes home to roost as your body becomes the middle man. 2013 SMAC vs. SEAM No more applications! (Social, Mobile Analytical, Cloud) versus (Sensor, Environment, Algorithm, Mesh) Existence
  61. 61. 63 Implications – “The internet of identity” Convenience event horizon is reached. 2017 BEHVAIOR AS PLATFORM Stitching together predefined behaviors becomes the platform for anticipation over attention. 2018 EXISTENCEAS PLATFORM Everything starts to become programmable and feedback for everything else. People and environments merge into a single routine. Existence 2015 BODY AS INTERFACE Services use biological and environmental factors as feedback loops for experience. 2016 ENVIRONMENT AS ANINTERFACE Devices become interfaces for each other and us.
  62. 62. 64 Implications – “The personalization of things” Identity, narrative and ownership collide Existence IDENTITYAS A PLATFORM The onslaught of services catered to our fluid identity creates a marketplace for skin walking devices and services. 2020 PERSONIFICATION OFTHINGS We embed identity into things and services. 2019 HABIT AS A SERVICE Habits and environments replace mainstream applications as people choose identity services over consumption. YourBusinessGoals here
  63. 63. 65 Ethical design - “We are in a race to the bottom of the brainstem” Can we design for kindness? Contemplative Tech Tech that engenders a deep caring for others. Deepens perspective. Kind Tech Systems that support a compassion toward yourself and behavior. Value Tech Systems that expose your better self and values. Calm Tech Calm technology makes use of our peripheral attention, allowing us to be aware of more things with less cognitive overhead. Disruptive Tech Alerts, disturbs, pulls at attention. Existence
  64. 64. 66 Design Trust for Inward compassion. Awareness Platform • • • • • • • • • • • EXISTENCE • • • •
  65. 65. 67 Human-kindness Is there a way to use our day to day data to reshape humanity? Existence “We need to stop solving human problems with technology and start solving technology problems with humanity.”
  66. 66. Chris Dancy Chief Digital Officer, Mindful Cyborg