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Lifeloggers: Watch the documentary today

The documentary about the pioneers, thought leaders and entrepreneurs behind the lifelogging and self-tracking movement is out! Visit http://lifeloggersmovie.com/ to see the 25 minute film. Shot last summer, the film looks at the roots of the movement, talks to the people who have introduced lifelogging to the world and explores the implications self-tracking may have on our lives. Let us know what you think!


More on Lifelogging

Also check out the guest blog posts from some of the experts featured in the film as well as the filmmakers themselves:

Interview with Steve Mann

What’s Gordon Bell betting on?

Interview with Lifeloggers reporter, Amanda Alm

Biohacking with the Bulletproof Executive, Dave Asprey

A chat with Lifeloggers man behind the camera, Victor Bloom

Lifeloggers film editor, Julian Antell

What’s Gordon Bell betting on?

By Gordon Bell. Gordon is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft working on lifelogging and appears in the upcoming documentary, Lifeloggers.

With all the cameras aimed at continuous personal recording that Steve Mann called Sousveillance, it seems certain that “Extreme Lifelogging” by 2020 is certain—a prediction I made in 2010. Whether Extreme Lifelogging (EL), or for that matter, any technology becomes a useful product or service is based on three factors: Can it be done? Is it proven to be useful i.e. does anyone want it at that price? And is it legal? Until now, only a few of us were exploring whether it was useful for anything other than the creation of research papers including human interest stories about weird looking people. Only a few thousand cameras capable of near EL existed and were in use including a few being used for research to aid people with impaired memory. EL with images and AUDIO recording for everything we see and hear are yet to be available and in use by consumers. The recording of conversations, particularly phone conversations is certainly prevalent for commercial purposes, yet there is little real use of audio aka voice recording.

Generally overlooked is that a number of police forces are being equipped with high quality, personal video recorders attached to a patrol person or their car. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/business/wearable-video-cameras-for-police-officers.html?emc=eta1&_r=0 Let me not discuss this because hundreds of articles, blogs, books, lawsuits, papers, and TV programs (including a real TV program of arrests) have been and will be devoted to this. Needless to say, because these devices are small, have to work and deliver reliable results, the engineering of this equipment is something that should be the envy of extreme lifeloggers. Watch, sunglasses, shirt button, etc. embedded video spy cameras are plentiful at less than $100 for surreptitious recording. Ironically, while sousveillance is also thought of as the inverse of surveillance, with pervasive and ubiquitous recording by everything by everybody, we will reach having the ultimate, full-scale surveillance.

Happily for those of us who believe there may be a utility of various facets of lifelogging this is all about to change brought about by cameras like the “Go Pro” still/video camera for sports. Smartphones e.g. iPhone host a plethora of time lapse photo and video apps that are only limited by imagination and battery life. Two SenseCam inspired devices from Autographer and Memoto are in the process of being engineered for introduction. All these devices will end up costing about $500 depending on whether there is some sort of service subscription for image storage. Sensr.net, a company I invested in, hosts video and time-lapse photos from these sources as well as web cams.

Google Glass is the device that has drawn the most attention for several reasons: it is more than a video camera and mic mounted on the frame of a glasses; it has a speaker and display evolved from Thad Starner’s years of experience and displays; and finally it is a platform for apps. Already various Silicon Valley venture funds are being raised to support startup companies who will use GG as a component for all manner of apps. Thus, it is a safe bet that a significant app will emerge from so many tries.


I would like to place an optimistic bet that within 5 years, there will be 10 million GGs in use when priced at a few hundred dollars.

Alternatively, if someone has a more optimistic feeling and is willing to bet 2 years and just 2 million units, I’d take the conservative side—the side I usually win on.

Republished with permission of the author.

Interested in learning more about Lifelogging? Visit http://lifeloggersmovie.com for more information.

Memoto’s CEO to speak at the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society


Memoto’s CEO, Martin Källström, will be a plenary speaker at the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS13). This year’s conference is about “everything smart– smart grids, smart infrastructure, smart homes, smart cars, and smart appliances but also smart people” and will be held in Toronto, Canada, June 27-29, 2013.

The growth of this segment of “smart people” or those who wear sensors is increasing as smart accessories find their way into all aspects of one’s life. There are many implications for these developments, like the impact of having ultra precise intelligence will have on decision making. Alexander Hayes, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Wollongong and the publicity chair of the ISTAS13, points out that,

people wearing sensors (e.g. monitoring temperature, physiological characteristics), location data loggers, microphones, cameras, tokens, and other wearable and embeddable systems can see direct benefits for a host of applications including health and well-being, emergencies, convenience, and care-oriented solutions. However, these emerging technologies and applications have the potential to become controlling applications because they are used to make decisions, generate alerts, log employee movements etc. There are great socio-ethical implications that will stem from these technologies and fresh regulatory and legislative approaches are required to deal with this new environment.

The importance of exploring the implications of wearable technology is critical for many people, as it can and will impact those who are not using it. Associate Professor and ISTAS13 program chair, Katina Michael asks on the conference’s website: “Are we ready for this explosion in personal recording devices that log the world around us?” This and many other questions pertaining to living in a smart world will be explored. Martin will be sharing with the conference how the Memoto Lifelogging Camera came to market and what Memoto has learned about the impact our tiny, wearable camera has had on the world so far. He will be in good company with some of the world’s leading researchers and innovators including Steve Mann and Gordon Bell.

If you’re interested in learning more about ISTAS13 please visit the site, http://veillance.me/

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So San Francisco!

Busy week


    Arriving to the hostel (USA Hostels) we were tired and hungry and conveniently, iThai was just across the street. That’s right, we had noodles in an Apple-inspired thairestaurant.

    So we’re sitting there eating “Pod Thai”when Gordon Bell calls. Good job Amanda! You just earned 10points to your Fool’s Travelcard! I totally forgot that we rescheduled the interview to one day earlier. I wanted to hit myself in the head with the Go Pro. But Gordon was really nice about it and the moment we stepped in to his apartment I forgot all about my stupidity.

      He’s got a pretty neat view that Mr. Bell. In every city we’ve been to and at almost every interview we’ve done his name have come up so it was an honor to finally meet him in person. Interesting facts: Gordon hates paper. He and his friend Jim Gemmel turned it into a project to digitalize every pice of document in Gordon’s possession. Quite some project!


          Brian Kerr

            The guy lived a life with low self-esteem and bad health. But when his beloved grandma (whom he was very close to) past away he came to a turning point and decided it was time to do something. So he started tracking bits of his day-to-day life in a regular notebook. Thanks to the logging he saw how different things effected him and was able to experiment his way to a healthier lifestyle. I admire the discipline and strength it must take to make that kind of change.
            And it doesn’t have to be more complicated than a pen and a notebook. He has one with him during our interview as well.



                  Took a trip to San Ramon and met the creators behind the fresh started company Trōv. And these guys aren’t just trying to establish a new business, they want to print a new expression. Next time you buy a car you might be asked if you want to “trōv” all the info regarding your purchase. That’s what Scott and Jim are striving towards. And yes this is the same Jim who scanned Gordon Bells paper-life.

                    They are using the tools of lifelogging to provide a service were you collect all the information about your “physical” fortune (such as your home, cars, art etc) in one place to get a better view and knowledge about them.


                    We got so inspired when we met Eric and Katie that we decided to create a Memolane for this trip. You can check it out soon, I’ll keep you posted!

                      On the way back I bought art from a random dude on the street. He said I could lay a bid on it and I still had money left from London, so I gave him 20£

                      I think he got the winning deal. But I have a nice painting with a fun story to it – so I’m thinking it was worth it.

                      Great hostel btw, breakfast included and bed lights. It’s all about appreciating the small things.


                          Google-goodies & Facebook fail

                            We left early and took the Amtrak to Silicon Valley & Google-land. It seriously felt like we should have brought our passports. The area is huge and people are riding google-bikes. So the first meeting was with Thad Starner; google glass developer and master of multitasking!
                            I’m not joking. This guy is taking notes and googling me while we’re having a conversation – and I didn’t even notes.

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                            We continued on to the Facebook facilities for an interview with Timeline-creator Steven Young.
                            Well at least we can say we met him…
                            …and then security and PR-manager came.




                                Maren Connary

                                  If there is such a thing as Retro-lifeloggers, Maren is certainly one of them. She’s been making scrapbooks since her teens and have a bookshelf filled with aluminum containers that store her entire life. You could say she’s the opposite to Gordon Bell.


                                    Karen Herzog and Richard Sachs

                                      Karen and Richards daughter Sophia was born with an incurable decease and lived for only 4 years. Through her and her parents lifelog she touched and united people all over the world. Thank you Karen & Richard for inviting us to your home. I’ll bring the Sophia’s story with me always.


                                        In a previous post I asked if it still counts as lifelogging if your logging someone else’s life. After this day, I would definitely say it does.