Recently, George Siemens mentioned a concept about tracking self’s activities online including thoughts, dairies, travels, emotion, purchasing, families, business activities, so on and so fourth. Eventually, human will be able to store everything about their life digitally, just like having an e-memory for yourself. This idea started with a group of people which called The Quantified Self, they noticed a trend in people seeking greater self-knowledge, and using numbers on this quest to understand themselves. They tracked wild range of activities and collected tons of juicy data, such as things you eat, health patten, function of taking fish oil, should trust online suggestions and many more weird topics. They believe that “Unless something can be measured, it cannot be improved. (Kevin Kelly)”
Apparently, when we care about whether or not to post personal life on the Internet, researchers notice that this recording your life activity is actually truly valuable to develop learning technologies. Human are changing in terms of the way of thinking and learning. It happens too fast to capture and too many variables to analyze. When people start to tracking their life, this provides inside data from primary resources for researchers to connect and evaluate meaningful pattens. From non-researcher point of view, these data also provide wild database to support online social communities. Here is another article, “change what it means to be human.“, shows us where this tracking activity goes. I believe this will become one of the biggest technologies innovation if we could really do information risk free; The concern around information risk is when people post private information online, it tends to get back to the person who post it, such as the imaging of one period time would not be matching his/her future imaging, fault financial information, identity lost and so on. It is not a perfect world out there, we have to take our own activity’s responsibilities so when we want to sharing experiences and tracking life, we have to consider twice to protect self first which might delay the development of more advance discovery around learning technology trends.