“But if life itself is good and pleasant (...) and if one who sees is conscious that he sees, one who hears that he hears, one who walks that he walks, (...) whenever we perceive, we are consciousAristotle. that we perceive, and whenever we think, we are conscious that we think, and to be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious that we exist...
We strive toward an objective analysis of our surroundings inorder to understand our shortcomings and get better.
In 1883, Nietzsche described the idea of the Übermensch/Superman as a goal for humanity.
Nietzsches Overman or Superman is a human being whogenerates values in accordance with data that he collects fromhis environment. He employs his intuition (regarding good andevil) to form values and then tests them empirically and withoutprejudice. That which works, promotes his welfare andhappiness and helps him realize his full range of potentials - isgood. And everything - including values and the Supermanhimself - everything - is transitory, contingent, replaceable,changeable and subject to the continuous scrutiny of Darwiniannatural selection. His values are: self-realization, survival instrength, and continual re-invention. Overcoming is not only aprocess or a mechanism - it constitutes the reason to live.
A 100 years later, Marshall McLuhan analyzes the relationshipbetween us and our surroundings and proclaims that “themedium is the message”.
We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then ourtools shape us. - Marshall McLuhan
We’ve always used tools to capture data about our selves.
And ends with the discovery of new information that not only helps usperform tasks faster and better. but anticipates our future needs.
We’ve started whole trends in product design around the tools that cantrack us, and we even came up with a word to describe the drive towardsan objective learning of oneself - the Quantified Self.
The Quantified Self as a term and as a group was formed in 2007 whenKevin Kelly and Gary Wolf, former Wired contributors, began looking atsome new practices that seemed, loosely, to belong together: life logging,personal genomics, location tracking, biometrics. These new tools werebeing developed for many different reasons, but all of them hadsomething in common: they added a computational dimension to ordinaryexistence.
1.Why the fascination with sensing devices?2.How do we track activity?3.Where does my project ﬁt?
An odometer for measuring distance was first described by Vitruviusaround 27 and 23 BC. The Roman empire needed to measure theempire’s roads and thus understand the size of the provinces.
We also have evidence of a Chinese odometer in the form of a mechanical carriage.At one li, a mechanical-driven wooden figure strikes a drum. When ten li is traversed,another wooden figure would strike a bell with its mechanical-operated arm.
Pedometers were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.The modern-day pedometer is commonly attributed to Thomas Jefferson.
Today pedometers come in thousands of packages and withinproducts, helping us measure our all-day activity.
Tracking is a powerful tool.Measuring accomplishments makes heroes out of all of us.
What we trackType of activityLevel/FrequencyTime/DurationLocation