Last Tuesday, Leuven.Inc organized an event on ‘The next mobile experience‘, where I had the honor and pleasure to present some of our work on ‘quantified self‘.
I learned some interesting things from Rudy’s presentation on next-generation mobile hardware: apparently, the expectation is that by 2028, we will be able to record all of our life on 3D HDTV on a mobile device! As I tweeted, I can hardly wait… David showed some nice examples of novel user experiences on a mobile…
And I talked about quantified self, with of course plenty of references to our learning analytics
work… As often, questions from the audience related to how one makes sense of the data deluge (dashboards
! information visualization
!) and privacy (in the news
all the time – my answer: openness and transparency).
In fact, with these questions, I often feel torn between two sides: I do understand that this kind of tracking can be dangerous in for instance totalitarian regimes, I do understand that we do not always measure what is important, I do understand that not everybody wants to be ‘on’ all the time, etc.
Yet, on the other hand, I also think that the potential is huge, that quantified self techniques help you to have more rather than less control over your life, and that most people seem to terribly underestimate how much they are being tracked already anyway.
I guess one of the reasons why I do so many talks on learning analytics these days (the next one is tomorrow…) is to clarify some misunderstandings and to help both my audience and myself think through the implications.
Maybe you want to engage in that dialogue too? I’d be happy to hear from you…