What’s the 'quantified self'?


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Author's Note: What's the "quantified self"?

Maybe I don't want to quantify myself. Perhaps what makes life so grand is the not knowing. Sure, if I wanted to achieve a specific goal -- kick a bad habit, get in better shape, etc.- – I can see how all of this data gathering and analysis could be a big help. But it would have to be a concrete goal, and the self-monitoring would have to be temporary. Some say the quantified self is the wave of the future. I say it's one small step for man, one giant leap in the evolution of mankind into machine. If walking around with all kinds of monitors strapped to me like Alex when he goes through the Ludovico technique in "A Clockwork Orange"is what I have to look forward to, then pardon me while I work on building my bunker in the woods.

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