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QuantifiedBiosensing Technologies in Everyday Life$
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Dawn Nafus

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034173

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034173.001.0001

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The Quantified Self: Reverse Engineering

The Quantified Self: Reverse Engineering

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(p.67) 4 The Quantified Self: Reverse Engineering
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Quantified
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Gary Wolf

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034173.003.0004

The Quantified Self (QS) is loosely organized affiliation of self-trackers and toolmakers who meet regularly to discuss what we are learning from our own data. In this essay reflecting on scholarly participation in and criticism of the Quantified Self movement, I argue that the outward similarity between QS projects and the administrative and managerial techniques of population control should not be taken at face value. What seems like naive adoption of biosensing surveillance technologies can instead be seen as a kind of critical mimicry that responds to threats against the self. QS projects are deeply personal, connecting past and future with data that tends to be illegible at a distance.

Keywords:   Quantified Self, Temporality, Surveillance, Personal meaning, Selfhood

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