Chris Dancy on Existence as a Platform

chris_dancyI recently came across this very interesting presentation by Chris Dancy on “Existence as a Platform”. In it Chris makes the point of taking the concept of the quantified self to a higher level by expanding it to our existence. Chris has been self tracking for quite some time and has been profiled in many articles and interviews.

He did a talk on this presentation recently where he discusses the convergence of the quantified self with the internet of things and in it states “What’s amazing about these technologies is not the technologies, it’s what they’re going to do to the world around us in the next 3 years.”

He then goes on to provide a few examples about how sensors, personal and other types of data will provide innovations in our future. Below is both the slideshow of his presentation along with an edited down video version of his talk covering it (here’s the full talk). I love how he tells his story in an engaging and entertaining way. You can see additional articles and interviews about Chris on his website.

The Presentation

The Talk
(edited. Here’s the full talk)

3 thoughts on “Chris Dancy on Existence as a Platform”

  1. Mark thank you for the mention. I’m a fan and I found your blog a few years ago. I find it fascinating that was we connect ourselves to the world around us, more people are not taking time to review those relationships. More startling only in heath tech are we looking at the contextual relationships in very small data sets.

    A simple process of collecting data from multiple points in your life, such as television habits in comparison to food consumption. Mood in relationship to email, blood sugar as it relates to air quality in your home.

    All these things are possible and many people are hacking not only their life but their biology.

    We are at the edge of mapping data exhaust and it seems very much like the beginnings of the human genome project.

    We don’t have relationships with technology, we have relationships with information.

    Finally as new services like biobeats come online and we find that our data is both something to be reviewed but more than that something to construct the world around us.

    Data exhaust cartographer

    p.s. Your data exhaust is all over my evernote

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  3. Well said Chris. Yes we are at the early phases of data collection with new sensors, apps, and services. and the next step that will have a much larger impact are the insights provided to us for improving our lives based on the data. It’s coming…

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