Lifelogging

It seems to me…

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ~ John Lennon.

Wearable technologies potentially could transform the way we interact with our environment and one another. Augmented reality Web browsers utilize information from integrated sensors such as GPSs, compasses, and gyroscopes. By linking virtual content to physical objects, they enable users to relate digital information to a real-world context such as location-based services using digital maps. Sensors can collect physiological characteristics or location coordinates to create a 24×7 life-log. Head-mounted displays; e.g., Google Glass; could supplement personal information systems.

While lifelogging, the creation of a digital record of our entire lives, potentially could significantly change our lives in unexpected ways, it is questionable if people would actually like the results. Unless the entire process can be developed to the point where one is totally unaware of the process, it will require more effort than most people are willing to expend. Constantly recording images from your vacations, business meetings, conversations, and time with friends will seem as if you always are “on stage”. It would require constant editing to delete the embarrassing gaffs, disagreements with friends (especially your spouse), and when you forget to turn it off while in the bathroom.

Another aspect of the process is being able to organize the vast amount of data collected in some form allowing it to be instantly accessed. Learning the name of someone thirty seconds after you meet them is too late.

It is highly probable that the technology can be developed. Microsoft had a project in the early 2000s called MyLifeBits to figuring out how to store vast amounts of lifelogged information and how a lifelogger might find important kernels in a pile of chaff. They now are working on prototype software called Lifebrowser that automatically detects key events in your life and can create “landmark events” to help organize your life dynamically. You then are able to zoom in and out of your own personal timeline to see what occurred when.

Recording technology such as Google Glass, which could normalize the process of keeping a record of all your life events in digital form, is only a small part of the necessary technology. The glasses contain a camera able to automatically capture photos and video, a microphone, headphones, a touch pad, hard drive, and, of course, a display you can see to interact with the device and give heads up display information like a text message and even show maps for directions. All you seemingly would need – BUT…

When considering emerging technology, it is questionable if we actually are “further along the spectrum of a digital record of our lives” than we are toward realizing the Internet of Things (IoT) that could compliment lifelogging. There is considerable work being conducted on each of which we are not noticeable aware. The basic groundwork for the initial stages for both technologies is in place but neither will suddenly spring into full availability; implementation will gradually sufficiently mature somewhat beneath our personal radar.

While most people think it would be interesting to give lifelogging a try, it probably will be a number of years before it becomes a pervasive economically disruptive technology that transforms both life and business. IoT probably has a greater financial benefit for a much larger corporate base warranting the investment necessary to effectuate its adoption. While several companies; e.g., Microsoft; are working on lifelogging, most of the basic work is still being conducted at research universities. The financial incentive for lifelogging just doesn’t seem as beneficial or lucrative for major corporations as does IoT.

That’s what I think, what about you?

About lewbornmann

Lewis J. Bornmann has his doctorate in Computer Science. He became a volunteer for the American Red Cross following his retirement from teaching Computer Science, Mathematics, and Information Systems, at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. He previously was on the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Stanford University, and several other universities. Dr. Bornmann has provided emergency assistance in areas devastated by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. He has responded to emergencies on local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), assisted with Services to Armed Forces (SAF), and taught Disaster Services classes and Health & Safety classes. He and his wife, Barb, are certified operators of the American Red Cross Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV), a self-contained unit capable of providing satellite-based communications and technology-related assistance at disaster sites. He served on the governing board of a large international professional organization (ACM), was chair of a committee overseeing several hundred worldwide volunteer chapters, helped organize large international conferences, served on numerous technical committees, and presented technical papers at numerous symposiums and conferences. He has numerous Who’s Who citations for his technical and professional contributions and many years of management experience with major corporations including General Electric, Boeing, and as an independent contractor. He was a principal contributor on numerous large technology-related development projects, including having written the Systems Concepts for NASA’s largest supercomputing system at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. With over 40 years of experience in scientific and commercial computer systems management and development, he worked on a wide variety of computer-related systems from small single embedded microprocessor based applications to some of the largest distributed heterogeneous supercomputing systems ever planned.
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