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?