If we talk about Stephen Wolfram you may think about Mathematica software or about Wolfram Alpha, the computational knowledge machine. But what you may not know is that, apart from being one of the great minds of physics and science, he owns one of the greatest collections of data in the world. For many years he has compiled diverse data about his daily activity: from sent emails and phone calls to the number of steps over a day or to the number of times he types something on his computer.

The analysis of these data, personal analytics as he calls it, has allowed him to draw activity patterns and to know his habits and daily routines. According to Wolfram’s blog, the more you follow a basic daily routine, the more room you will have to be spontaneous and to have energy to face intellectual matters and other aspects of life.

Stephen Wolfram

What Wolfram has been doing over more than 20 years would have been much easier if he had the technology we have today. Not only we can store our data and keep track of them, but we can also analyse them and get real-time feedback that makes improvement easier. Besides, the customization of apps and analysis allow for the personalised improvement of each user to take place. What else could we ask for?

This Quantified-self pioneer used what probably is one of the first wearables, the pedometer, in order to measure and analyse his physical activity. Nowadays there is a great variety of devices that also allow us to introduce data about our health and our daily physical performance as productivity embraces everything.

Personal analytics revolution

Personal analytics development will provide us with a ‘new dimension to experiencing our lives’. This practice is becoming popular and soon we all be using it and wondering why it took so long for us to start. The benefits, in Wolfram words, would be ‘fairly dramatic. It’s like asking how much more money can you make if you track your portfolio rather than just vaguely remembering what investments you made’.

But personal analytics not only incredibly changes our personal life, but also our professional one. Those companies and organisations able to make good use of the data produced by their workers through their analysis and interpretation will obtain a great competitively advantage over their competitors.

Try the new philosophy of constant improvement and personal learning. And there is nothing better than doing so with Kiply’s help. Maybe Stephen Wolfram will also end up joining us.

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Images: Steve Jurvetson, Stephen Wolfram

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