Since in 1998 the Microsoft experiment MyLifeBits began, Gordon Bell has kept record of every aspect of his life. From his phone calls to his heart beats, everything has been registered in a thorough digital memory of his life.

Quantified-self, memory and wearables

Bell collects all type of data about his daily life. He uses an automatized system to storage the texts he writes and reads, CDs, emails, calls, webs visited, messages, etc. Besides, he uses the SenseCam, a Microsoft device that takes a picture every 20 seconds while hanging from his neck.

In addition to this, we must add the health data he collects. Thanks to different wearables, he monitors his weight and heartbeat every day. He has a full picture of what’s going on within his body.

All these automatic records generate 1GB of data every month and are stored digitally so he can have access to them at any time.

What if you never forget anything?

Microsoft, MyLifeBits and Gordon Bell mean to reinvent human memory. The goal of this experiment is to create something called personal e-memory. There, all registers of what’s going on in our life are automatically saved so we can have access to them in a simple and quick way whenever we need to.

Bell claims that he uses MyLifeBits to improve his health and wellbeing and that he only accesses his data when he specifically needs to remember something from any aspect of his life. Beyond that, digital memory can be an ally to other aspects of our life such as our work. Having a record of what we have done every day and watching our progress through time opens up a new world of possibilities to our personal productivity.

An increasingly more advanced technology allows us to storage information that a year ago seemed to be impossible. And that’s just the beginning. Our life will be Quantified-self and our memories, Big Data.

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